Largely as a result of the Green Certification effort on DFW lands, there is consistent opportunity for public input into Forest Management Planning on state wildlife lands. Landscape level plans for DFW Forest Management Zones (FMZs) are posted on the DFW website for public review and comment, and public meetings are held to present and to take public comments on each FMZ plan.

DFW also prepares site specific forest management plans for individual properties that provide details on when and where Forest Harvesting Operations will occur, and on how Forest Reserve areas will be treated. Site plans will be posted on the DFW website for public review and comment during 2008 and 2009 following in-house reviews. The DFW Forestry Program also participates in development of publicly reviewed EOEEA Ecoregion Assessments and Conservation Management Practices (CMPs) for Rare Species .

Public Meeting and Notification Summary for the DFW Forestry Program.
DateLocationTopic
September 24, 2003Natural History Center, Athol, MALower Worcester Plateau Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
November 22, 2004DCR Regional Headquarters Building, Pittsfield, MAFirst Draft, Berkshire Area Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
June 22, 2005DCR Regional Headquarters Building, Pittsfield, MASecond Draft, Berkshire Area Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
September 15, 2005Berkshire South Community Center, Great Barrington, MAForest Reserve Proposal including DFW lands at the Chalet WMA and DCR/DFW lands at the Jug End SR/WMA
September 29, 2005DCR Regional Headquarters Building, Pittsfield, MADraft plan for the DFW Berkshire Highlands Forest Management Zone (FMZ) including 33,000 acres of state wildlife lands
April 13, 2006Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MADraft Conservation Management Practices (CMPs) for rare species on private and public forestlands
January 31, 2007Western Gateway Heritage State Park Visitors Center, North Adams, MADraft plan for the DFW Taconic Mountains & Marble Valley FMZ including 6,650 acres of state wildlife lands
February 1, 2007Berkshire South Community Center, Great Barrington, MADraft plan for the DFW Taconic Mountains & Marble Valley FMZ including 6,650 acres of state wildlife lands
May - October 2008 Forest Management Site Walks for the Public. Walks and talks scheduled 5 Wildlife Management Areas across the state featured MassWildlife Foresters and Biologists discussing wildlife habitat enhancement goals for the property, forest harvesting techniques and other habitat management activities employed to achieve those goals.
October 30 - December 20, 2009DFW Website and Email Notification Public comment request for proposed DFW property submissions for the 2009 Forest Certification audit.
January 1, 2010DFW Website and Email Notification Public comment response posted for proposed DFW property submissions for the 2009 Forest Certification audit.
May-October 2010Forest Management Site Walks for the Public. (TBA)Walks and talks will be conducted at Wildlife Management Areas across the state featuring MassWildlife foresters and biologists who will discuss wildlife habitat enhancement goals for the property, forest harvesting techniques and other habitat management activities employed to achieve those goals.
TBATBAConnecticut Valley Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
TBATBADraft plan for the DFW Connecticut Valley FMZ, including about 4,000 acres of state wildlife lands
TBATBAWorcester Plateau Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
TBATBADraft plan for the DFW Worcester Plateau FMZ, including about 30,000 acres of state wildlife lands
TBATBAGulf of Maine Coastal Plain Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
TBATBADraft plan for the DFW Northeast Coastal Plain FMZ, including about 3,000 acres of state wildlife lands
TBATBASoutheast Coastal Plain & Islands Ecoregion Assessment of forest management issues and opportunities on private and public forestlands
TBATBADraft plan for the DFW Southeast Coastal Plain & Islands FMZ, including about 10,000 acres of state wildlife lands