DCR to Host Public Meetings to Review Six Forest Management Projects


Beginning in 2013, officials from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) will resume forest management with commercial timber harvesting in DCR forests that have been designated as woodlands through the recently completed Forest Futures Visioning and Landscape Designation processes (www.mass.gov/dcr/ld/landscapedesignations.htm). DCR will host three public meetings to begin the review process for six forest management project proposals. Each of these proposals are for properties designated by DCR as woodlands.

These public meetings are designed to provide the public and DCR a venue in which to discuss the plans and practices for managing woodlands and provide vital feedback prior to the finalization of the proposals. Forest management will take place according to the new management guidelines endorsed by the DCR Stewardship Council in April 2012. In addition, the harvesting projects will be posted on DCR's website for a 45-day comment period.

These timber harvesting projects will demonstrate forestry best practices that will help create a multi-aged, species-diverse forest habitat; enhance ecological restoration of degraded natural community types, promote uneven aged forests that are resilient to large-scale natural disturbances and produce high-quality and high-value forest products.

The six projects are located in Freetown State Forest, Marlboro-Sudbury State Forest, Federated Women's Clubs State Forest, Leyden State Forest, October Mountain State Forest and Sandisfield State Forest.

DCR management foresters have developed timber harvesting proposals on DCR lands designated as woodlands. These proposals will go through a transparent external review before the projects are implemented.

Meeting Dates:
6:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Fall River Heritage State Park
Main Building, Davol Street, Fall River, MA

6:30 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012
DCR's John Augustus Hall
DCR Watershed Division Headquarters, 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston, MA

6:30 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012
DCR's Pittsfield Regional Office
740 South Street, Pittsfield, MA