Filed under: Forest Stewardship Program. Tagged as: Forest Stewardship Program, Forestry in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering subsidies for landowners to enroll in the Forest Stewardship Program. You can print out this application: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/forestry/service/documents/stewarshipplanappl.pdf and mail it to the Pittsfield address if you’re interested in enrolling.
More information on the program is here: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/forestry/service/steward.htm
The Forest Stewardship Program is an educational program for landowners to teach you about good forestry practices and all the other attributes of your property. There are no strings attached and you don’t have to cut any timber. The Forest Stewardship Program can be combined with the Chapter 61 Forest Land Tax Program if you want a tax break. But there are strings attached to Ch.61: you have to actively manage your forest land by thinning every 10 or 20 years, etc. Although you can decide to do the thinning yourself like many landowners do. That’s up to you.
There’s more info about Ch.61 on my website: http://northquabbinforestry.com/chapter-61-forest-land-tax-law/
If you have any questions, you can call or write me anytime.
Mike Leonard, Consulting Forester