Private Lands Forestry

Private Lands Forestry, also referred to as Service Forestry, provides technical assistance and services to landowners and municipalities.
service foresters

Private lands play a key role in sustaining clean water, protecting our soil, providing wildlife habitat and producing quality timber resources.

The Private Lands Forestry, also referred to as the Service Forestry Program, is based on the belief that we can best serve the citizens of the commonwealth by helping landowners make educated decisions about their woodlots, and protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations.

Service Forestry meets the needs of landowners and municipalities by providing technical expertise, services and programs that allow you to get the most of your forested properties.



Your Service Forester

For more information contact one of our regional administrative offices or contact the service forester working in your town.

Find Your Service Forester
Service Forester District Map

Additional Resources for Your Service Forester

Notices and Events

Birds of the Massachusetts Woodlands:  An Informational Walk

Wednesday, May 30th, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Copicut Reservoir
1 Copicut Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
(Pull Off North of Dam Road)
Rain or shine

Forest Cutting Plans and Timber Harvesting 101 for
Conservation Commissioners and other Municipal Departments

A free Workshop provided by the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC).

To register for this free workshop please contact Michèle Girard at MACC at or by calling 617-489-3930.  See flyer (below) for additional information.

Saturday, June 30th
9:00 am to noon
Southbridge, MA
To be held on a recent forestry project site - Directions to the property will be provided to registrants.

Grant Opportunity

DCR is seeking Municipalities who have a Forest Stewardship Plan and wish to take steps to implement their plan and involve their community.

Community Forest Stewardship Implementation Grants.

 Town of Sherborn uses goats to help control invasive species
Town of Sherborn uses goats to help control invasive species

These 72-25 matching reimbursement grants aid communities in putting their forest stewardship into practice and connect the local citizens to all the benefits forests provide including a local source of wood products, clean water, biodiversity and wildlife habitat.




Have Questions?

Contact Michael Downey, Forest Stewardship Program Service Forester

978.368.0126 x129

Additional Resources for Notices and Events


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