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. 


 

NOTICES

Weston Town Forest Fall Event
Sunday, October 5, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend “Massachusetts Town Forests, Connecting Local Communities with Sustainable Forestry” in Weston, MA on Sunday, October 5th. This free conference is geared towards conservation municipal officials, community groups, natural resource professionals, environmental educators, and people who love forests.  Engaging speakers will provide an overview of sustainable forestry in Massachusetts, offer skills and support for incorporating forest research and management into the classroom, and provide examples of successful town forest projects across New England. An afternoon field trip to a local conservation land will highlight methods and results of achieving sustainable and scientific management of town forests. Lunch will be provided and time will be allotted to network with others working with town forests. Afternoon woodworking and sawmill demonstrations as well as family-friendly activities at Land’s Sake Farm in Weston will showcase the possibilities of community forestry.

For more information and to register for this free event, please visit: www.landssake.org/events/community-forest-outreach-event/

For more information please contact: michael.downey@state.ma.us

 

DCR Outreach Service Forester, Sean Mahoney, talking with architects about forest regeneration after harvest in an early successional hardwoods stand.
DCR Outreach Service Forester, Sean Mahoney, talking with architects about forest regeneration after harvest in an early successional hardwoods stand.

 

Locally harvested eastern white pine coming off the line at Lashway Lumber in Williamsburg, MA.
Locally harvested eastern white pine coming off the line at Lashway Lumber in Williamsburg, MA.

 

Local mill owner, Larry Lashway, talking with architects about the benefits of using locally grown wood products.
Local mill owner, Larry Lashway, talking with architects about the benefits of using locally grown wood products.

 

Architects seeing how molding is made at Ponder’s Hollow in Westfield, MA
Architects seeing how molding is made at Ponder’s Hollow in Westfield, MA.