• Provides tree health care services for the Department’s state forests, parks, and reservations.
  • Monitors and assesses factors that influence the health of Massachusetts’ forests utilizing aerial survey, permanent sampling plots, and pheromone traps.
  • Maintains historical defoliation data and implements Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on state and municipal lands as required by state law.

Aerial Survey

The DCR Forest Health Program conducts as annual aerial survey of the state's forests.  This entails a fly over of the entire state during which forest health issues are detected and mapped.


The map is the results of the 2015 aerial survey for forest pests. download pdf pdf format of 2015 Aerial Survey


Emerald Ash Borer Workshop Presentations held in 2012