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. 




The 3rd annual Massachusetts Town Forests Event, Natural Disturbance and Forest Management on Municipal Forestland, will take place at the Minnechaug High School and Fountain Park in Wilbraham on Sunday, September 27th, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The full-day event will include workshops on community forestry and the different opportunities that local, sustainable forest management can create. The event is free and open to the public with pre-registration.

The conference will include lectures and workshops targeted towards different audiences in the morning, followed by interactive and hands-on activities in the afternoon. Boxed lunches will be provided to morning participants.

For more information or to register, see

Doug Hutcheson, Service Forester, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
(413) 545-7020


Registration and light refreshments (9:00 AM)
Welcome  (9:30 AM)                       Sue Bunnell, Town of Wilbraham Select Board
Opening Remarks                            Jennifer Fish, Director MA DCR Service Forestry Program
Keynote Speech                               Robert Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Morning Activities 

Session A  —  11:15-11:50am
Forest Management on Municipal Land presentation - Wilbraham Conservation Commission/Carmine Angeloni, private consulting forester
MA Champion Tree Program presentation - Mollie Freilicher, MA DCR Urban Forestry Program
Local/state/regional bird habitat presentation -Joan Walsh MA Audubon

Session B —  11:55am-12:30pm
Natural Disturbance on Municipal Land presentation- Tonya Basch, Assistant Director, Wilbraham DPW
National Chestnut Restoration program presentation - MA-RI Chapter of American Chestnut Foundation
Organizing a natural resource based civic group presentation - Wilbraham Hiking Club

Morning Field Exercise — 11:15am-12:30pm
Wilbraham and Monson Academy Campus Forest -- Paul Ekness, WMA Science Faculty

Lunch 12:30-1:15pm

Afternoon Activities

Afternoon Field Activities —  Wilbraham Municipal Forests (by bus) 1:15-4:00pm
Tree Planting Ceremony at Wilbraham Town Hall
FIELD TOUR Town of Wilbraham Forest Tour led by Tonya Basch and Carmine Angeloni

  • Thayer Brook Forest Management 
  • Bruuer Pond Project
  • 2011 Tornado Forest Salvage
  • Champion Trees

Afternoon Demonstrations — held at Fountain Park 2:00-4:30pm

  • American Chestnut Foundation
  • MA-RI Chapter DCR Portable Bandmill operation
  • DCR Timber Frame raising
  • Five Maples Farm
  • Recovering Heart Wood
  • Rocky Mountain Wood Company
  • Tetreault and Son Logging
  • Wilbraham Hiking Club

Co-hosted by the Town of Wilbraham, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, and the MA DCR Service Forestry Program with assistance from the MA Forest Stewardship Program, the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute and the Franklin Land Trust.