Response to Public Comment

Background: In May of 2004, all MassWildlife lands under the agency's management control were first certified under the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) criteria for sustainable forestry and the FSC Northeast Standard. This initial five-year certification (also known as Green Certification) expired in April of 2009 and MassWildlife lands and management practices went through a comprehensive re-certification audit that began in March 2009 and was completed in August 2009. ( 2009 Audit Report pdf format of Green Certification Report 2009
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The 2009 re-certification audit report established two major conditions or Corrective Action Requests (CAR) that MassWildlife must comply with before any state wildlife lands can be re-certified.

One corrective action involves MassWildlife updating and expanding publicly available information on biological monitoring activities .

The second corrective action involves obtaining and responding to public input on actions MassWildlife is proposing for re-certification of individual properties. MassWildlife requested public input on re-certification from October 30 – December 20, 2009, and has now provided responses to all public comments received, posted below. DFW property lists were (and still are) posted on the DFW website.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife presented four tables of properties and acreages, including a summary table, a list of properties proposed for certification in the near term that are covered by a publicly reviewed forest management plan, a list of properties proposed for certification at a later date that are not yet covered by a publicly reviewed forest management plan, and a list of properties that are not proposed for certification.

Of the more than 200 individual DFW properties presented, public comment was received on only one individual property, the 53-acre Route 6 corridor lands in Provincetown, MA. These comments are addressed in Section 1, below. Additional public comments were received relative to FSC certification of DFW lands in general, and these comments are addressed in Section 2, below.

All public comments received are presented in their entirety in Appendix I pdf format of appendix_comments_Jan_2010.pdf
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