There are 3.2 million acres of privately owned forest land in Massachusetts and 310,000 acres of State Forests and Parks. Municipal watershed lands cover 245,000 acres and there are 351 municipalities with associated urban trees and forests. The Bureau serves all of these owners and the forest they care for through the programs listed below. If you have questions or simply care about the forests of Massachusetts this is a good place to start.

Service Forestry Program

Service Forestry

The Service Forestry Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection.

Urban and Community Forestry

The Urban and Community Forestry Program offers technical assistance and grants to communities to build long-term support for the protection and management of public trees and forests. This would be a good place to start to learn about trees in towns and cities, their, care, and how you can help.

Management Forestry Program

Management Forestry-working foresters

The Management Forestry Program is responsible for the planning and implementation of forest management activities on the State's 310,000 acres forest and parks system. This would be a good place to start if you are interested in learning more about forest management on these lands for both forest products and the public's enjoyment.

Forest Health

The Forest Health Program monitors and assesses factors that influence the health of Massachusetts's forests. This would be a good place to start if you are interested in learning about common insect and diseases that threaten trees and forests in Massachusetts.

Marketing & Utilization Program

The Forest Products Utilization and Marketing Program assists landowners, foresters, timber harvesters, sawmills, manufactures, and recyclers in the promotion and expansion of the forest products industry in the Commonwealth and the Northeast Region. This would be a good place to start to learn more about the wood industries and wood based initiatives.

Forest Legacy Program

The Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between participating States and the USDA Forest Service to identify and help protect environmentally important forests from conversion to non-forest uses. The main tool used for protecting these important forests is conservation easements. The Federal government may fund up to 75% of program costs, with at least 25% coming from private, state or local sources.