Service Forestry

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Service Forestry Program provides technical assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection within districts across the state. 

With 235,000 non-industrial private landowners in Massachusetts and approximately 78% of the Commonwealth's forest land in private ownership, private lands play a key role in sustaining clean water, protecting our soil, providing wildlife habitat and producing quality timber resources.

The Service Forestry Program meets the needs of these landowners through: 

The Service Forestry Program is based on the belief that we can best serve the citizens of the commonwealth by helping landowners make educated decisions about their woodlots, and protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations. For more information contact one of our regional administrative offices or contact the service forester working in your town. 


Invasive Plant Workshop pdf format of Invasive Plant Workshop

New Salem Town Center
June 10, 2017 ● 10:00 a.m. - noon
Meet at 24 S. Main St. (the old library)


Introduction to AGROFORESTRY pdf format of Introduction to Agroforestry

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 7PM
Lunenburg Public Library
1023 Massachusetts Avenue
Lunenburg, MA 01462

To register, please contact Michael Downey at or 413.212-3039

Sheffield MA Town Forest Event - Woods and Trails: A Pathway Forward pdf format of MA DCR SUM17

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:30AM to 4PM
Sheffield Town Park
Frederick Lane (off Miller Ave)
Sheffield, MA 01257
A conference for Municipalities, Community Groups, Natural Resource Professional and Environmental Educators.