But, in general, the rules are minimal and to many Iowa landowners the benefit of not having to pay real estate taxes on their forestland acres far outweigh the rules and stipulations that must be followed to reap the tax saving’s benefit.
To sign up, go to the county assessor’s office in the county in which you own the land. Take a map of your property with you and circle all the areas you would like to enroll in the Iowa Forest Reserve Program.
Here are some of the basic criteria:
Must be at least 2 contiguous acres.
Must be at least 200 trees per acre (forestland), or 70 trees per acre (fruit trees).
must keep livestock out of the area.
There are some other minor stipulations as well regarding the Iowa Forest Reserve Program be sure to check those out on the link page above. (from the Iowa DNR)
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