Massachusetts Timber Harvest Laws
The Forestland Tax Law (MGL Chapter 61)
Permits reduced property tax for landowners operating over 10 acres for wood
The Wetlands and Rivers Protection Acts (MGL Chapter 131, Section 40)
Wetlands and streams are protected, unless forestry or agriculture are being
conducted, then jurisdiction is under the FCPA.
The Forest Cutting Practices Act (MGL Chapter 132, Sections 40-46)
Required submission of FCP to DEM if cutting over 50 cords/25,000 board feet in
any one place at any one time.
The Slash Law (MGL Chapter 48, Sections 16, 16A)
Branches must be cut close to ground to reduce fire risk and slash must be kept a
certain distance from dwellings, streams, and lakes.
The Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MGL Chapter 131A)
No endangered species can be killed or collected. If one wishes to harvest in the
area a plan to protect the species must be presented to the NHESP.