Forest Action Plan

Forest resources of Massachusetts through the lens of the Montreal Process

There are 3.2 million acres of privately owned forest land in Massachusetts and 285,000 acres of State Forests and Parks. Municipal watershed lands cover 245,000 acres and there are 351 municipalities with associated urban trees and forests.

The Massachusetts Forest Action Plan describes and quantifies the remarkable set of functions, benefits, and values that emanate from our forests. It also discusses a daunting array of drivers, issues, and threats that influence their size, continuity, character, and condition. The seven sustainability criteria of the Montreal Process were the framework for the plan; they highlight the diverse, complex, and inter-connected nature of forests and people in Massachusetts.


Best Management Practices

Massachusetts’ best management practices (BMPs) program is regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation- Bureau of Forest Fire Control & Forestry, the Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Download the program survey results to view implementation rates and the full research findings.

Massachusetts Forestry Publications

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