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.