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Guide Massachusetts Timber Harvesting License Program

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

Licenses are issued on a state fiscal year calendar where all licenses expire on June 30 of each year. Renewal notices are annually sent out in late spring. Applicants will be notified when they are required to take an exam. An exam is required for a first time applicant, an applicant with an expired license OR an applicant that does not meet continuing education requirements after 3 continuous years of licensure.

GOVERNOR BAKER HAS ISSUED COVID-19 GUIDANCE REGARDING THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN OCCUPATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSES. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS.

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COVID-19 Guidance for Occupational and Professional Licenses

Guidance Issued April 23. 2020, Updated July 10, 2020

GUIDANCE REGARDING THE ORDERS BY THE GOVERNOR EXTENDING CERTAIN OCCUPATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSES ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND CONSTITUENT AGENCIES AND BOARDS

ISSUED APRIL 23, 2020

All Timber Harvester Licenses expire on June 30 annually.  If the State of Emergency continues past June 30, all timber harvest licenses will be extended and remain valid until 90 days following the termination of the state of emergency.  Additionally if the state of emergency continues past June 30, renewal notices will be sent to all licensed timber harvesters within 30 days of the lifting of the order.

Please refer to the guidance document below for more details.

ISSUED JULY 10, 2020

Orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and professional licensure have been rescinded as of July 10, 2020.  See cover letter below from August 2020 for guidance relative to the timber harvester licensing program.

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Who needs to obtain a Timber Harvest License?

Chapter 132, Section 46, of the Forest Cutting Practices Law requires that “no person, firm or corporation engage in the business of harvesting timber or other Forest products for hire or profit shall cut such products on land devoted to forest purposes and for purposes not exempted by Chapter 132, section 44 without first obtaining a license and to do so from the Director who is hereby authorized to issue such licenses, and to withhold or revoke such licenses, after a hearing for failure to comply with Sections 42 to 46, inclusive.”

The legislature provides a penalty of not more than $500.00 for each violation of this law which requires that a license be outstanding in the name of the person, firm or corporation actually cutting forest products, whether on the land of the license holder or the land of another.

Please refer to documents under COVID-19 Guidance for Occupational and Professional Licenses above for detail.

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Timber Harvest License Exam

COVID-19 Guidance - DCR’s Service Forestry Program will not hold its planned continuing education (CE) sessions on the Massachusetts Forest Cutting Practices Act in May and June 2020. Regardless of when the State of Emergency is terminated, DCR will suspend its CE requirements for FY2021 (7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021). 

Chapter 132 Section 46 of the Massachusetts General Law requires: “Applicants [for timber harvesting licenses] shall demonstrate general familiarity with the laws of the Commonwealth that concern timber harvesting and provide the Director [of the Division of Forest & Parks] such reasonable information as the Director may require concerning the amount and type of forest products cut [harvested, not milled or processed] by the applicant during the previous year.”

This passage refers to loggers of sawtimber and cordwood, including those connected with sawmills.

Therefore prior to issuance of a harvesting license, all applicants are required to demonstrate general familiarity with the pertinent laws of the Commonwealth by either completing at least nine hours of continuing education over three consecutive years or by taking the timber harvester licensing exam.

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Exam Study Material

Tax Compliance Certification

Before the issuance of any license, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is required to file with the Department of Revenue a State Tax Compliance Certificate (found on the application form). Complete the enclosed form and return it to this office with your application. You are required to submit either your Social Security Number or a Federal Identification Number.

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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.

See COVID-19 Guidance for Occupational and Professional Licenses above to find the recently announced Annual Workshop Series for Massachusetts Licensed Timber Harvesters on Ch. 132 Forest Cutting Practices Act Regulations.

 

Find a Licensed Timber Harvester

Please see attachment for a complete list of Licensed Timber Harvesters.

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