How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

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.

MA Timber Harvest License Program

The Details of How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

What you need for How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

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.

Fees for How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

Pay fee by check or money order made out to:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Timber Harvesting License

In state fee = $15.00

Out of state fee = $30.00

Please do not send cash.

How to apply How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

MA Timber Harvesting License
Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
PO Box 1433, PITTSFIELD, MA. 01202
ATTN: Tom Ryan, DCR Forester

Next steps for How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

  1. Complete Application

    Download and complete the application below.  Applications are required for new, renewal or expired licenses.  Submit the completed application and payment to:

    MA Timber Harvesting License
    Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
    PO Box 1433, PITTSFIELD, MA. 01202
    ATTN: Tom Ryan, DCR Forester

  2. Study for the Exam

  3. Take the Exam

    The complete schedule along with more details on each location can be found on the attached document.  

    Please note if you are applying for a new license or application for an expired license, you will need to take an exam.  License renewals do not require an exam.

    RSVP required for all exams held at the Northeastern location.  RSVP recommended for other locations.  

     

    When selecting an exam date, please be aware that all timber harvest licenses expire June 30 each year regardless of the month in which the license was obtained. 

  4. Obtain Certification

    Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive certification from the DCR after it is determined 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.

Contact for How to Apply for a Timber Harvest License

Address
DCR Bureau of Forestry Private Lands / Service Forestry Program
PO Box 1433, Pittsfield, MA 01202
Address
DCR Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry
40 Cold Storage Drive, PO Box 484, Amherst, MA 01004
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