1. CH 132 - The Forest Cutting Practices Act  The Massachusetts Forest Cutting Practices Act (FCPA) was created to ensure the long-term public benefits provided by forests.  The FCPA protects the benefits of forests through a permitting process. Applicable to timber harvesting on both public and private forestland, the FCPA regulates any commercial timber cutting of wood products greater than 25 thousand board feet or 50 cords on any parcel of land at any one time.

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   2. CH 61 - The Forest Tax Law  Massachusetts current use programs (Ch. 61, Ch. 61A, and Ch. 61B) were created to give preferential tax treatment to those landowners who maintain their property as open space for the purposes of timber production, agriculture or recreation.  
Two voluntary programs, Forest Stewardship and FSC certification , are also offered that build upon the basic forest management plan of the CH61 program.

Directions: Chapter 61 Forest Management Plans, Forest Stewardship Plans, & Green Certification Requirements
Directions for the preparation of the Chapter 61 Forest Management Plans and Forest Stewardship Plans pdf format of Ch 61 and Stewardship Plan Directions.pdf
Additional Text required to upgrading existing Chapter 61 Forest Management of Forest Stewardship Plan pdf format of Green Cert additional elements.pdf

Forms:

Appendix A - Exhibits

               1. Front Page doc format of front_page.doc
form Front Page Overflow doc format of front_page_overflow.doc
form
               2. Landowner Goals doc format of landowner_goals.doc
form
               3. Overview form doc format of overview_form.doc
               4. Stewardship Issues pdf format of stewardship_issues.pdf
               5. Stand Description SD Form doc format of Stand Descriptions
               6. Management Practices MP Form doc format of managepracticeform.doc
               7. Locus Map (drawn by plan preparer)
               8. Property Map (drawn by plan preparer)
               9. Signature Page doc format of Signature Page.doc
             10. Certificate (CH61) doc format of certificate.doc

Appendix B - River Basin Map pdf format of River Basin Map
Appendix C - Forest Types pdf format of appendix_C.pdf
Appendix D - Recommended References pdf format of appendix_D.pdf
Appendix E - Silvicultural Prescriptions pdf format of appendix_E.pdf
Appendix F - NRCS Forestry Practices pdf format of appendix_F.pdf
Appendix G - Growth Rate Percentage Formula pdf format of appendix_G.pdf

 

  3.  Foresters for the Birds  The DCR Bird Habitat Assessment Program provides funding assistance to landowners to work with a qualified licensed professional forester or other qualified professional to evaluate existing and potential habitat for a selection of birds. The Bird Habitat Assessment must be conducted in concert with a Forest Stewardship Plan, or as an update to an existing Plan.
Sample Plan pdf format of Sample Plan
  
Additional habitat assessment elements to be incorporated into a Forest Stewardship plan doc format of Additional habitat assessment
(link with attached document bird habitat assessment directions)

Forms:

Habitat Assessment Forms and Inventory Procedures pdf format of Habitat Assessment Forms and Inventory Procedures
Cover Page docx format of Cover Page
How to Use this Report doc format of How to Use this Report
Stand Description Form doc format of Stand Descriptions Form
Management Recommendation Form doc format of Management Recommendation Form

 

4. Applications

 

  4. Miscellaneous

 

  5. Stewardship Policies