Timber Harvesting - Skidder

Every person, firm, or corporation harvesting wood products for hire or profit on a timber harvesting operation that falls under the Forest Cutting Practices Act (MGL Ch132) must hold a timber harvester license.  The purpose is to assure that those harvesting timber in Massachusetts are familiar with the laws governing commercial timber harvesting

Timber harvester licenses are valid for one year.  There is an exam required for first time applicants or those who have let their license lapse.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is a requirement for maintaining a harvested license.  A total of 9 credit hours are required over a 3 year period.  Three (3) of those credit hours must be on the Forest Cutting Practices Act.  DCR typically offers free 3 credit hour workshops across the state each spring that meet the legal requirements.

1. Continuing Education Policy pdf format of Continuing Education Policy

2. DCR Continuing Education Workshops  – come back in the spring for a list of available workshops

 

Process for obtaining a harvester license

1. Complete application pdf format of 2015 THL Application

2. Pay fee by a negotiable check or money order made out to “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

In state fee = $15.00

Out of state fee = $30.00

3.Mail the application and the fee to:

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Division of State Parks and Recreation

251 Causeway Street, suite 600

Boston, MA 02114-2104

 

4. Take exam on first available date

          Massachusetts Timber Harvester License Test Dates pdf format of Massachusetts Timber Harvester License Test Dates

5. Certify that the applicant is in compliance with state tax laws and other state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing forestry property, public health, and safety

 

A timber harvester license is valid only for the person which it is issued. A firm or corporation may hold a timber harvester license for employees identified on its application; however, each employee so named shall meet the requirements of 304 CMR 11.08(1)(a), (c) and  every person, firm, or corporation harvesting wood products for hire or profit on an operation not exempt from M.G.L. c. 132, §§ 40 through 46 shall have his, her or its own timber harvester license.

 

Timber Harvester License Exam

The purpose of the Harvester’s License Examination is to determine the applicant’s familiarity with the laws of the Commonwealth that concern timber harvesting. As stated in Section 46 of Chapter 132, M.G.L., familiarity with these laws is a prerequisite to obtaining a harvester’s license.

Test Dates

Timber harvester license exams are typically held 4 times a year at various locations throughout the state. 

Exam Schedule pdf format of Massachusetts Timber Harvester License Test Dates

 

Exam Study Material

Below is the content that a harvester should be familiar with in order to be prepared to take the harvester license exam.  Content is also available from the DCR administrative offices

Ch. 132 Guidance Document docx format of Ch132 Guidance

MGL Ch132 sections 40-44

304 CMR 11.00 Forest Cutting Practices pdf format of 304 CMR 11.00 Forest Cutting Practices

MGL Ch94 section 298; sale of cordwood

Massachusetts Forestry Best Management Practices Manual pdf format of Massachusetts Forestry Best Management Practices Manual

Sample Cutting Plan pdf format of THL - Sample Cutting Plan

304 CMR 8.00 Forest Classification Ch. 61 pdf format of 304 CMR 8.00 Forest Classification Ch. 61