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:
- Landowner Outreach and Education [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.
Interested in Woodlot Stewardship? Join us for a fall woods walk in Windsor, MA on December 1st, 2013
Join landowners Connie Talbot and Steve Philbrick for an hour-long walk in their woods to see how they have been managing invasive species, creating wildlife habitat, and growing red oak on their woodlot. This is a great chance to share information and ask questions about stewardship options and funding opportunities for your woods.
Where: Windsor, MA. Walk from 2-3pm followed by hot chili and cider.
Please RSVP to Fletcher Clark to make sure we will provide enough refreshments.
Fletcher Clark, email@example.com
MACC Fall Conference
Invasive Plant Species: Pick Your Battles to Win!
Invasive species are prevalent on the New England landscape, despite our best efforts to control them. Through presentations and case studies, learn how land managers tackle this problem and how Conservation Commissions can permit certain invasive species work. Participants will come away from the conference with exciting and new electronic tools for plant identification, tips and techniques for managing invasives, and with a renewed appreciation of the essential role native plants play in sustaining native wildlife populations.
This workshop has been evaluated for 5.25 CFEs to Licensed Mass Foresters
For the full agenda and to register - https://maccweb.org/edu_fall.htmll
Outsmart Invasive Species
Help us locate invasive species!
We have been working with a diverse group of partners including the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy in an effort to combat non-native invasive plants and insects through increasing public awareness and to determine the full extent of new invaders while there is still hope of eradication.
The major focus of the Outsmart project is a smartphone app for reporting invasive plants and insects. For more information on the app or links to download see http://masswoods.net/outsmart
Submissions made through the app are added to a database called Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps) http://www.eddmaps.org/
We could use your help. There are a number of these new invaders in Massachusetts, some of which pose real threats to our forests. The early detection plant species that we are hoping to map the full extent of include:
- Japanese stiltgrass
- Mile-a-minute vine
- Amur corktree
- Giant hogweed
For descriptions of these species and maps showing towns where there have been positive ID’s visit http://masswoods.net/outsmart For those of you who would like to help map invasives but don’t have an smartphone you can take a digital photo and submit it directly through EDDMaps.
If you would like submission to remain private (not show up on the publically available EDDMaps) please indicate that in your notes.