Application Process for Designated Forest Land

Who may apply?


An owner or contract purchaser may apply for designated forest land assessment. However, all owners or contract purchaser must sign the application for classification, and any resulting agreement. 

When may I apply?


Applications may be made for classification at any time during the year from January 1 through December 31. If approved, designated forest land assessment will begin on January 1 following the year the application was submitted.

Application Fee


The application fee is $325 and is non-refundable. Please include the fee with your application and make the check payable to "San Juan County Treasurer".

Application Process


The owner(s) must complete the application and submit a Forest Management Plan. The application will not be processed without a Forest Management Plan prepared by a professional forester.  

The application and Forest Management Plan is submitted to the Assessor's Office. As a condition of application approval or for continuance in the Designated Forest Land classification, the owner is required to submit a Forest Management Plan prepared by a professional forester. The Forest Management Plan shall be assembled in a single document and submitted to the Assessor's Office. The Forest Management Plan shall be assembled in a single document and submitted to the Assessor's Office. The Forest Management Plan must contain all the requirements identified in the "Designated Forest Land Management Plan Requirements".

Approval Time-Line


If approved, designated status begins January 1 the year after you apply. If the Assessor does not notify you as to whether your application was approved or denied prior to July 1 of the year after you apply, the application is automatically approved. If denied, you may appeal the denial to San Juan County Board of Equalization