Guide Forest Management Projects

Forest Management Proposals and Silviculture Prescriptions are presented by the year in which they were proposed and then further by the Management Forestry District in which they are located. Proposals remain posted until the project is implemented with a timber sale or Home Fuelwood contract. Silviculture Prescriptions remain posted as long as a project is being actively implemented and at least one year after a project is completed. If you are unsure of when a project was proposed but know it’s location check the Management Forestry District map and it’s forester contact list.

Public Comment Period

Within 45 Days of Posting

The Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry has a policy for public outreach of forest management projects which can be found in the Public Outreach and Consultation for Forest Cutting Plans Policy.

Written public comments are due within 45 days of posting the Proposed Forest Management activities in order for the Bureau to address the public issues and incorporate suggestions and concerns into the silvicultural prescriptions. A  Public Notification Summary Public Comment Card Aid  has been developed to assist you in providing comment on specific projects.

Send comments to:  Timber.Comments@state.ma.us

Please see Landscape Designations for DCR Parks and Forests: Selection Criteria and Management Guidelines (LD&G) for details on DCR's process for timber sale proposals and projects.

Additional Resources for Public Comment Period

Find a Project in your Area

Management Forestry District Map
Management Forestry District Map

If you would like any additional information concerning a proposed management project or other Bureau of Forestry issue please contact the DCR Regional Office Management Forester listed on each Summary or click on the District Name to see all the projects within the corresponding district.

District Forester Phone Email
Northern Berkshire Kevin Podkowka 413-442-8928
ext. 125
kevin.podkowka@state.ma.us
Central Berkshire Kris Massini 413-442-8928
ext. 121
kris.massini@state.ma.us
South Berkshire Jeffrey Martin 413-442-8928
ext. 124
jeff.martin@state.ma.us
Western CT Valley Nicholas Anzuoni 413-442-8928
ext. 129
nicholas.anzuoni@state.ma.us
Eastern CT Valley Keith DiNardo 413-545-5747 keith.dinardo@state.ma.us
Mid State Joelle Vautour 978-368-0126
ext. 128
joelle.vautour@state.ma.us
Northeast Michael Waterman 978-937-2092
ext. 109
michael.j.waterman@state.ma.us
Southeast Paul Gregory 508-866-2580
ext. 121
paul.gregory@state.ma.us

 

Forest Management Projects Proposed February 2018

Pursuant to the process outlined in the Public Outreach and Consultation for Forest Cutting Plans policy, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will receive comments for 45 days until March 26, 2018 with one exception:

The Shawme Crowell – Barnstable Red Pine project in the Southeast District is an Emergency Proposal and will have a 14 day comment period until February 23, 2018.  A public meeting is scheduled for February 22, 2018, 6:00 PM at the Sandwich Public Library to present information and address comments about the project.

District 

Forest

Town

Project Name

Acreage

Northern Berkshires

Lindon W. Bates Memorial State Park

Hancock

Ole Shaker Sale

173

Central Berkshire District

October Mountain State Forest

Washington

No Signal Lot

59

Central Berkshire District

October Mountain State Forest

Pittsfield

Sykes Mountain

218

Western CT Valley

Conway State Forest

Conway

Crickett Hill

275

Eastern CT Valley

Shutesbury State Forest

Shutesbury

Shutesbury State Forest North

253

Northeast

J. Harry Rich State Forest

Groton

J. Harry Rich

45

Southeast

Shawme Crowell and Barnstable State Forests

Sandwich/Barnstable

Shawme Crowell-Barnstable Red Pine

10

 

Additional Resources for Forest Management Projects Proposed February 2018

Forest Management Projects Proposed February 2017

Pursuant to the process outlined in the Public Outreach and Consultation for Forest Cutting Plans policy, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provided public notice regarding eight proposed forest management projects. Four public meetings were held in March 2017 to present information and address comments about the proposed projects. The meetings were held on at the Athol Town Hall (3/15), DCR’s West Regional Headquarters in Pittsfield (3/16), the Trustees Doyle Center in Leominster and Borderland State Park in Sharon/Easton (3/21).

District  Forest Town Project Name Acreage
         

Northern Berkshires

Florida State Forest

Florida

South County Road

90

Central Berkshire District

Peru State Forest

Peru

Garnett Hill Lot

266

Western CT Valley

Dubuque State Forest

Hawley

South Hawley Crossroads

 

Norhern Berkshires,
Central Berkshires,
Southern Berkshires,
Western CT Valley

Multiple

Multiple

Berkshire Road and Trail Ash Removal

6533

Eastern CT Valley

Warwick State Forest

Warwick

Bass Swamp

133

Mid State

Otter River State Forest

Templeton and Winchendon

Whitcomb Hill Lot

547

Northeast

Townsend State Forest

Townsend

West Hill Lot

111

Southeast

F. G. Hills State Forest

Foxborough/ Wrentham

Bristol Lot

42

Open comment period was between February 16, 2017 and April 2, 2017. All comments DCR received can be found below.

Per the policy, the DCR’s Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry (The Bureau) reviewed the comments and prepared written responses. The Bureau responses addressed those comments that were pertinent and specific to the eight proposed forest management projects. Additionally, the Bureau addressed comments regarding forestry on state lands where the Bureau has forest management responsibilities. In some cases, similar comments were consolidated and provided appropriate responses.  The document which contains the categorized comments and responses to the project proposals can be obtained below.

Additional Resources for Forest Management Projects Proposed February 2017

Forest Management Projects Proposed February 2016

Three public meetings were held in March of 2016 to present information, receive and address comments to the 3 forest management projects proposed. The meetings were held March 29, 30 and 31, 2016 at the DCR Western Regional Headquarters in Pittsfield, the Trustees of the Reservations in Leominster, and the Amherst Field Office in Amherst respectively.

District  Forest Town Project Name Acreage
         

Northern Berkshires

Savoy Mountain State Forest

Savoy

Tannery Road

101

Central Berkshire District

October Mountain State Forest

Becket

Heaphy-Richardson Lot

230

Central Berkshire District

 

 

 

 

Southern Berkshires District

Sandisfield State Forest

Sandisfield

Clam River Dam

130

Western CT Valley

H.O. Cook State Forest

Heath / Colrain

Sheep Ranch

287

Eastern CT Valley

Wendell State Forest

Wendell

Brook Road

130

Mid State

Oakham State Forest

Oakham

Stonewall Lot

550

Northeast

Townsend State Forest

Townsend

Brookline Road

88

Northeast

Townsend State Forest

Townsend

Townsend Home Fuelwood 2016

64

Written comments were requested and received from February 26, 2016 until April 10, 2016. Each of the individual and corporate comments that were received can be found below.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry reviewed the comments and per policy has prepared a written response. The Bureau response addresses those comments that were pertinent to the eight proposed forest management projects and also pertinent general comments regarding forestry on state lands where the Bureau has forest management responsibilities. Many comments made by individuals or groups were similar to one another and were therefore consolidated in categories with an appropriate response. The responses are organized by general categorized comments/responses followed by comments/responses to the specific project proposals.

Additional Resources for Forest Management Projects Proposed February 2016

Forestry Management Projects Proposed 2015

District  Forest Town Project Name Acreage
         

Northern Berkshires

Pittsfield State Forest

Lanesborough/ Hancock

Potter Mountain

420

Northern Berkshires

 

 

 

 

Western CT Valley

South River State Forest

Conway

South River

100

Eastern CT Valley

Erving State Forest

Erving

Erving Red Pine

241

Mid State

Otter River v

Baldwinville & Winchendon

Beaman Pond Lot

239

Northeast

Sudbury  - Marlboro State Forest

Marlborough

Hansen Lot

98

 

Forest Management Projects Proposed prior to 2015

District  Forest Town Project Name Acreage
         

Central Berkshire District

October Mountain State Forest

Washington

Sherlock Lot

166

Southern Berkshires District

Sandisfield State Forest

Sandisfield

Egg Shell Lot

165

Southern Berkshires District

Sandisfield State Forest

Sandisfield

York Lake

246

Western CT Valley

Dubuque State Forest

Hawley

King's Corner

365

Eastern CT Valley

Warwick State Forest

Warwick

Warwick State Forest Camp

80

Southeast

Freetown State Forest

Freetown

Freetown Co-Peace

48

 

For More Information

If you would like any additional information concerning a proposed management project or other Bureau of Forestry issue please contact the DCR Regional Office Management Forester listed on each Summary.

District Forester Phone Email
Northern Berkshire Kevin Podkowka 413-442-8928
ext. 125
kevin.podkowka@state.ma.us
Central Berkshire Kris Massini 413-442-8928
ext. 121
kris.massini@state.ma.us
South Berkshire Jeffrey Martin 413-442-8928
ext. 124
jeff.martin@state.ma.us
Western CT Valley Nicholas Anzuoni 413-442-8928
ext. 129
nicholas.anzuoni@state.ma.us
Eastern CT Valley Keith DiNardo 413-545-5747 keith.dinardo@state.ma.us
Mid State Joelle Vautour 978-368-0126
ext. 128
joelle.vautour@state.ma.us
Northeast Michael Waterman 978-937-2092
ext. 109
michael.j.waterman@state.ma.us
Southeast Paul Gregory 508-866-2580
ext. 121
paul.gregory@state.ma.us

 

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