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Forest Stewardship Planning Grants for Private and Town Forest lands

Learn about how your community can receive a grant for better forest stewardship.


The purpose of this grant program is to encourages landowners to practice long-term guardianship through the development of a management plan for their woodlands. It is designed to improve wildlife habitat and forest aesthetics, to protect soil and water resources, and to increase the potential for high-quality wood products.

There is no minimum acreage needed to apply for a grant, except that properties of less than 10 acres are not eligible for Forest Stewardship Plan preparation cost-sharing. Participating landowners may own a maximum of 1,000 acres (or up to 5,000 acres with a special waiver).

You can find more information on forest stewardship from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • Individuals
  • Joint owners
  • Groups and associations,
  • Non-profits
  • Long term lease holders
  • Corporations without publicly traded stock

Owners principally engaged in the primary processing of raw wood products are not eligible.

Program Details

Estimated Application Deadline: Rolling

Average Grant Size: Grants range from $350 to $6,600.

Average # of Grants: 200

FY 2010Spending: $412,000

Contact Information

For more information, you can contact:

Mike Downey

(978) 368-0126 ext. 129