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:
- Working Forest Initiative [such as free woodland evaluations and information]
- administration of the Forest Cutting Practices Act [regulation of commercial timber harvesting, MGL Ch132]
- the Forest Tax Law Program [favorable tax treatment to forest landowners, MGL Ch61]
- the Forest Stewardship Program [helps landowners achieve their goals for wildlife, aesthetics, wood products, and recreation through forest management planning and support]
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.
Western Mass Woodlands for Wildlife:
Woods Walk at the Haskell Farm, Peru, MA
Saturday, May 14th (Rain Date: May 21st)
10am – 1pm
28 Haskell Road, Peru, MA
This event is free and open to all
This easy field walk and discussion will highlight the forestry and habitat management work done on the Haskell Farm, where landowner Steve Hayes has spent decades managing his woodlands for wildlife habitat. Listen for songbirds as you tour young forests and grasslands that provide critical food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Mass Audubon, MA DCR’s Service Forester, and Steve Hayes’ consulting forester will be on hand to share information about why certain wildlife species are declining, forest management practices that enhance wildlife habitat, and new cost share programs available to help you manage your woods for wildlife.
The Western Mass Woodlands for Wildlife program is a regional partnership between MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Audubon, the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. Together, these organizations are providing expertise, assistance and funding necessary for you to manage your woodlands for wildlife.
This event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Tree Farm Program,
Free and open to all.
Pre-registration is requested. Call 625-9151 or email melissa@masswoodlands for more information, directions, or to register.
The Massachusetts Woodlands Institute is a non-profit organization that encourages and assists landowners in responsibly managing their woodlands, The Institute is a subsidiary of the Franklin Land Trust, and is based in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.