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Massachusetts Forest Action Plan

Forest Action Plans represent the first-ever comprehensive assessment of America’s forest resources across all lands--public, private, rural and urban--and offer proactive strategies that state forestry agencies.

Healthy forests in America are critical to public health and well-being and are part of our national infrastructure just like roads and bridges. They filter our air and water, provide jobs and a wealth of paper and wood products, and are places where our children and grandchildren enjoy wildlife and nature. These benefits we enjoy from our forests don’t happen by chance. Forest Action Plans in every state and territory are guiding the work of forestry professionals and supporting the goals of family forest owners to manage and conserve forests with future generations in mind.

Current MA Forest Action Plan

The current plan was written and adopted in 2010.  An updated plan and assessment are in process.  The US Forest Service has extended the target release date that was originally scheduled for June 2020.  



Additional Resources for

2020 Forest Action Plan Update

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) presents the draft Massachusetts 2020 Forest Action Plan for public review and comment.  The Forest Action Plan provides an analysis of forest conditions and trends in Massachusetts, identifies threats to forest land and resources, identifies priority areas where federally funded cooperative forestry program outreach and activity can be emphasized and coordinated, and outlines strategies to address the threats to forest resources and ensure healthy trees and forests into the future.