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.

FLB Member Vacancy Announcement

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is accepting applications and nominations for a member vacancy of the Forester Licensing Board.  A representative of an environmental organization, a land trust, or a consumer group will be needed.  The position will be for a three-year term and serves on a volunteer basis. Forester Licensing Board meetings are held bi-monthly in the Amherst area (Area is negotiable with the selected candidate).  Board members may also be required to investigate license complaints on a volunteer basis.  Possession of a Forester’s License is not required to apply/fill this vacancy.  additional information pdf format of FLB Member Vacancy Announcement

Pre-Harvest Tours

The tours will be conducted rain or shine as indicated below. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes. For additional information about the tours and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891. Tours Notice pdf format of Pre-Harvest Forest Tours

  • September 25, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Kenneth Dubuque State Forest, Hawley
  • September 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. October Mountain State Forest, Washington (note early start)
  • October 1, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Warwick State Forest, Warwick
  • October 2, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Templeton State Forest, Templeton

DCR Conference

  • DCR in cooperation with MA Forest Alliance, Bay State Forestry Service, and the USFS will host a conference for Municipalities, Land Trusts, natural Resource Professional, and Community Groups on September 28, 2013 in Fitchburg.  Registration and conference agenda details will be made available in late June 2013.
  • Town Forests: Past and Present Celebrating 100 Years of Town Forests pdf format of Town Forest Centennial

Tree Steward Training: Strengthening Branches in Your Community Forest

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the Future of Ash in Berkshire County

Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Massachusetts

  • April 18th at UMass Dartmouth or May 8th in Shelburne Falls
  • Workshops for Foresters, Tree Professionals, and Landowners, and Students (free and open to the public) Pre-registration requested. 
  • Emerald Ash Borer Spring Workshops 2013 pdf format of EAB Spring Workshops 2013

Proposed Forest Management Projects

Notice for Public Comments/Forester Licensing Regulations
 Notice pdf format of Public Comment Notice 2/3/10
  |   Regulations pdf format of Public Forester Licensing Reguatlions
  |   Public Comments pdf format of Public Comment Forester Licensing 2010
file size 1MB

Monitoring the Natural Resources of State Forests pdf format of Monitoring the Natural Resources of State Forests

Monitoring of Our Forest Resources with Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) pdf format of Monitoring of Our Forest Resources with CFI

Long Term Ecological Monitoring of Forest Reserves

Forest Certification Audit Report 2009 pdf format of Green Certification Report 2009
file size 1MB

Announcing Financial Assistance for New Forest Stewardship Plans & Plan Upgrades for Green Certification

Massachusetts State Lands Forest Resource Management Planning Information

Robinson SP: Updated May 16, 2008 Survey for Rare and Protected Species, Uncommon, & Priority Natural Communities pdf format of Survey for Rare & Protected Species Natural Communities
file size 2MB

Understanding Forest Land Valuation for CH 61/61A

Draft Massachusetts Emergency Response Plan for Highly Destructive Invasive Species