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.
Woodland Connections for Women
Thursday, May 21st
Easy walk in the woods followed by lunch and discussion
Women offer a unique perspective when it comes to caring for the natural world. From managing wildlife habitat to working with your family to determine the future of the land, women face an array of weighty issues concerning land ownership.
Come join other women for some enjoyable time in the woods on a nature walk with naturalist Laurie Sanders, host of NPR’s Field Notes, followed by an informal exchange of your questions, problems, and strategies for owning, managing and planning for your land. The nature walk will take us through Judy Williams’ carefully tended woods, followed by a light lunch and discussion.
Space is limited so please be sure to register by calling (413) 625-9151 x111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions will be provided upon registration.
Sponsored by Franklin Land Trust, UMass Extension, the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership, and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.