DCR Bureau of Forestry
Management Forestry Program
Summary of Policy for Public Review of Proposed Timber Harvests
Information on the appropriate DCR Regional Office to attend (which Districts at which
DCR Regional Office) and their locations/directions is available at:
All public comments will be addressed in writing. Projects of high public sensitivity will have additional measures taken to address public concerns. This may include: fact sheets, news releases, public meetings, field trips, additional data collection and consultation with other qualified specialists.
Once these steps have been taken, a detailed silvicultural prescription will be prepared. This prescription will be prepared according to the Massachusetts Forest Cutting Practices Act, Endangered Species Act, and Wetland Protection Act as well as Bureau of Forestry policy, direction and guidelines, and all applicable planning documents. A Forest Cutting Plan will be prepared, reviewed and approved by the appropriate Bureau Service Forester and other qualified specialists. This document is available for public review at the regional DCR office and the local conservation commission office.
Upon completion of this process, the project will proceed.