DEEP: Classification of Land as Forest Land

The Classification of Land as Forest Land
(PA 490)

For a property owner to have their land classified as “forest land” for property tax purposes, he/she must

The purpose of the Qualified Forester’s Report is to determine whether the individual property meets the established standards for forest land.  Only certified foresters who have received the appropriate training from the State Forester and met his qualifications may submit this report. 

Statutory Definition of "Forest Land" (Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Sec. 12-107b)

. . . any tract or tracts of land aggregating twenty-five acres or more in area bearing tree growth that conforms to the forest stocking, distribution and condition standards established by the State Forester . . .and consisting of . . .

(A) one tract of land of twenty-five or more contiguous acres, which acres may be in contiguous municipalities,

(B) two or more tracts of land aggregating twenty-five acres or more in which no single component tract shall consist of less than ten acres, or

(C) any tract of land which is contiguous to a tract owned by the same owner and has been classified as forest land pursuant to this section. 

Parcels and acres classified as PA490 land
(as of December 31, 2014 with 93.5% of towns reporting)

490 Classification Number
of Parcels
of Acres
Farm 12,594 268,104
Forest 9,492 484,271
Open Space 10,724 180,930
10 Mill 73 5,840
TOTAL 32,883 939,145

Application Forms:

Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Forest Land - PDFWord Form

Qualified Forester's Report Form - PDF, Word Form

Additional Information:

Examining Land for Classification as Forest Land - Guidance for Woodland Owners, Foresters and Assessors (PDF)

Public Act 490 Fact Sheet

10 Mill Fact Sheet

Directory of Certified Forest Practitioners (PDF)
(PA 490 Qualified Foresters are listed in the "Foresters" section, and have "490" in the right-hand column after their name)

Regulations Concerning Classification of Forest Land  (Sections 12-107d-1 through 12-107d-5 the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA))   

Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Concerning Classification of Forest Land 

Public Act 490 Land Values (Link to CT Dept of Agriculture)

Form for Annual Qualified Forester's Report to State Forester 

NEW Annual Municipal Report to State Forester (Word, PDF)

Individuals seeking more information on forestland taxation are encouraged to contact their local tax assessor.

Content last updated August 18, 2015