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Helpful Resources for Forest Land

Helpful Resources for Forest Land Owners

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Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB)

ALB Pages: Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Index for many online ALB resources.
ALB Pages: USDA-APHIS Authoritative information on ALB from the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Forestry

 
Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Leads and supports sustainable forest management and use to provide benefits for the people of the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern States and the District of Columbia.
Massachusetts DCR Bureau of Forestry The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Bureau of Forestry serves private, municipal and urban owners of forest land and maintains state forest land.

This website contains a wealth of information for forest land owners - from a glossary of forest-related terms to resources on conservation programs.

Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program This non-regulatory program supports and encourages private forest landowners' efforts to manage, enjoy, and care for their land using a long-term approach.
Mass Woods A resource for woodland owners containing accurate information intended to help make decisions about the potential sale of timber and planning for the future of your property.

The Mass Woods website has a helpful "Find a Local Professional" search tool, which lists service foresters, licensed foresters and land trusts in your zip code.

USDA Forest Service The Forest Service is the agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for managing over 190 million acres of public forest and grasslands.

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Instructional Guides

Managing Grasslands, Shrublands, and Young Forest Habitats for Wildlife: A Guide for the Northeast Written primarily by state and federal wildlife biologists and foresters, this guide will provide you with important information on how to maintain and restore these habitats on the lands you own or manage.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced land manager, this guide will provide helpful information anyone can use to better manage early-successional habitats.

New England Cottontail Habitat Management: A Landowner's Guide New England's only native rabbit, the New England cottontail, is in decline throughout its range. Loss of habitat is one of the primary factors contributing to the decline of the species, so one of the best ways to improve the cottontail's outlook is to protect and increase the amount of suitable habitat available.

Landowners who are interested in making an impact on the survival of New England cottontails can follow the guidelines outlined in this publication.

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Invasive Species

 
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) A searchable database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England
USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Protects and promotes U.S. agricultural health by regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

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Plants & Animals

 
Soil Testing from UMass Amherst Department of Plant & Soil Sciences Provides comprehensive soil testing for a small fee. Samples may be submitted by mail.
Web Soil Survey Provides online soil maps, data and information. You can search for soil information by address or other areas of interest, and create printable maps and soil reports of your results.

Web Soil Survey is operated by NRCS and has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation� counties.

MassWildlife The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (also called "Natural Heritage") protects the state's wide range of native biological diversity.

The program's highest priority is protecting the 176 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and 259 species of native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

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Soil Testing & Maps

 
Soil Testing from UMass Amherst Department of Plant & Soil Sciences Provides comprehensive soil testing for a small fee. Samples may be submitted by mail.
Web Soil Survey Provides online soil maps, data and information. You can search for soil information by address or other areas of interest, and create printable maps and soil reports of your results.

Web Soil Survey is operated by NRCS and has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation� counties.

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