Service Forestry

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Service Forestry Program provides technical assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection within districts across the state. 

With 235,000 non-industrial private landowners in Massachusetts and approximately 78% of the Commonwealth's forest land in private ownership, private lands play a key role in sustaining clean water, protecting our soil, providing wildlife habitat and producing quality timber resources.

The Service Forestry Program meets the needs of these landowners through: 

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


 

NOTICES

Where Farm and Forest Meet: a fall tour at Gould Farm
Interested in Woods? Join us for a fall walk at the Gould Farm in Monterey, MA

Bob Rausch will walk us through the stewardship activities that have been used on Gould Farm to manage woodlands and harvest forest and farm products. Gould Farm was designated as a model forest by the Forest Guild. Come chat with local woodland owners, foresters, and other land conservation professionals about options for you and your land. This is a great opportunity to share information and ask questions about forest, wildlife, and farm management.


When: November 1, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Gould Farm Harvest Barn, Gould Rd. Monterey, MA 


Gould Farm will host a harvest picnic by the brook! Space is limited; please RSVP before October 29 to make sure you reserve your spot for the harvest picnic.

To RSVP, contact Fletcher Clark, 413-262-2367, fletcher.clark@state.ma.us

This event is sponsored by the, DCR Bureau of Forestry, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, and Natural Resource Conservation Services


 

DCR Outreach Service Forester, Sean Mahoney, talking with architects about forest regeneration after harvest in an early successional hardwoods stand.
DCR Outreach Service Forester, Sean Mahoney, talking with architects about forest regeneration after harvest in an early successional hardwoods stand.

 

Locally harvested eastern white pine coming off the line at Lashway Lumber in Williamsburg, MA.
Locally harvested eastern white pine coming off the line at Lashway Lumber in Williamsburg, MA.

 

Local mill owner, Larry Lashway, talking with architects about the benefits of using locally grown wood products.
Local mill owner, Larry Lashway, talking with architects about the benefits of using locally grown wood products.

 

Architects seeing how molding is made at Ponder’s Hollow in Westfield, MA
Architects seeing how molding is made at Ponder’s Hollow in Westfield, MA.