Forestry Conservation Management Practices for rare species

Guidelines for conservation of rare species during forest harvesting.

The primary goal of CMPs is to guide harvesting activities such that rare species listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) are not impacted in a way that jeopardizes long-term viability of local populations. 



  • identify and describe potential impacts of forest harvesting to state-listed species,
  • impacts may be direct (e.g., physical injury or death of individual animals) or indirect (e.g., alteration of habitat in a way that reduces overall reproductive success of a local population).
  • provide specific guidelines to avoid or minimize impacts that would be considered negative or detrimental to a local population;
  • are based on scientific knowledge of the habitat requirements, reproductive strategy, dispersal ability, survivorship, and other ecological factors that influence population dynamics of the species.
  • aim to maintain adequate opportunity for sustainable management of timber products in Massachusetts.

CMPs benefit both state-listed species and forest management by

  • improving the predictability and consistency of review of Forest Cutting Plans by the NHESP, and
  • providing detailed guidance to landowners and foresters for developing Forest Cutting Plans that have high probability of being approved by the NHESP without modification.

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