Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry

Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry

The Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry offers programs to promote, protect and enhance healthy and diverse wooded and urban forests throughout our Commonwealth including grant opportunities for urban forestry and volunteer fire assistance, staff assistance to municipalities for fire control, consulting forestry and forest stewardship for private lands, oversight of forest health issues including insect and disease control and storm related response, regulatory guidance on timber harvests as well as forest management and timber sales on state lands.


Main Office
251 Causeway St., Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114


Community Relations (617) 626-4973


(617) 626-1351

Who we serve

There are 3.2 million acres of privately and publicly owned forest land in Massachusetts of which 450,000 acres are State Forests, Parks and Reservations. Municipal watershed lands cover 245,000 acres as well as 351 municipalities with associated urban trees and forests. The Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry serves all of these owners and the forest they care for through the programs listed below. If you have questions or simply care about the forests of Massachusetts this is a good place to start.

The Forest Fire Control Program provides aid, assistance and advice throughout the Commonwealth.

The Urban and Community Forestry Program offers technical assistance and grants to communities to build long-term support for the protection and management of public trees and forests.

The Forest Health Program monitors and assesses factors that influence the health of Massachusetts's forests.

The Private Lands/Service Forestry Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection.

The State Public Lands/Management Forestry Program is responsible for the planning and implementation of forest management activities within the forest and parks system. 

The Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between participating States and the USDA Forest Service to identify and help protect environmentally important forests from conversion to non-forest uses.

The Markets and Utilization Program assists landowners, foresters, timber harvesters, sawmills and manufactures in the promotion and expansion of the forest products industry in the Commonwealth.


Upcoming Public Meetings and Events

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 6 PM – DCR Amherst Field Office, 40 Cold Storage Drive, Amherst, MA  01004.  A project located in Shutesbury State Forest will be presented.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6 pm – DCR Western Regional Headquarters, 740 South Street, Pittsfield, MA  01202.  Four projects will be presented.  The project located at Conway State Forest; two projects located in October Mountain State Forest; one project located in Lindon Bates Memorial State Park.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 6 PM – Trustees of the Reservations – Doyle Center, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster, MA  01453. A project in J. Harry Rich State Forest will be presented.


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