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.
Where Farm and Forest Meet: a fall tour at Gould Farm
Interested in Woods? Join us for a fall walk at the Gould Farm in Monterey, MA
Bob Rausch will walk us through the stewardship activities that have been used on Gould Farm to manage woodlands and harvest forest and farm products. Gould Farm was designated as a model forest by the Forest Guild. Come chat with local woodland owners, foresters, and other land conservation professionals about options for you and your land. This is a great opportunity to share information and ask questions about forest, wildlife, and farm management.
When: November 1, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Gould Farm Harvest Barn, Gould Rd. Monterey, MA
Gould Farm will host a harvest picnic by the brook! Space is limited; please RSVP before October 29 to make sure you reserve your spot for the harvest picnic.
To RSVP, contact Fletcher Clark, 413-262-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is sponsored by the, DCR Bureau of Forestry, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, and Natural Resource Conservation Services
Navigating the Maze and Reaching Your Goals: An Introduction to Estate Planning and Land Conservation with Hilltown Land Trust
Thursday, November 13, 3 PM
Williamsburg Town Hall, Rt. 9, Haydenville
Refreshments will be served
Creating a plan for the future of your land and figuring out your options can be an overwhelming process. Come to this workshop for an overview of essential estate planning tools that help you accomplish your goals, whether they are minimizing property and estate taxes, passing the land on to the next generation, or keeping it open and undeveloped in the future. Sally Loomis from Hilltown Land Trust will describe common land conservation tools and funding sources. Elizabeth Wroblicka, an experienced local estate planning attorney, will be on hand to answer your questions, and we’ll hear from a landowner who has put a plan for their land in place.
Cosponsored by: DCR, UMass, Hilltown Land Trust and Franklin Land Trust
Please reserve your seat in advance by calling Wendy Ferris at 413.625.9151 x111 or email email@example.com.