Forestry Policies (Massachusetts)

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Place Massachusetts


   
Applies to States or Provinces Massachusetts Massachusetts
Name Forestry Policies (Massachusetts)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province




























Primary Website http://www.mass.gov/eea/state-parks-beaches/sustainable-forest-management/



Last Review 2014-09-15


Information Source Bureau of Forestry: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/forestry.html, Forestry Laws and Regulations: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2006/Chapter394 State RPS woody biomass definitions: http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/renewable-energy/biomass/renewable-portfolio-standard-biomass-policy.html


Summary

Massachusetts has over 3 million acres of forested land, almost all private, managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation Forestry Bureau. The State issued in 2010 its Assessment and Strategy documents, including discussion of the potential for better utilization of forestry residues for energy generation. The Strategies document also mentions proposed legislation in this regard:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/stewardship/forestry/assessment-of-forest-resources.pdf http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/stewardship/forestry/massachusetts-forest-resources-strategies.pdf

The Bureau's Marketing and Utilization Program assists in business opportunities for wood products, including woody biomass for energy. Their website has several documents and resources related to woody biomass energy: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/marketing-and-utilization-program.html

The State Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently updated its definitions of woody biomass to be qualified as eligible for inclusion in the State's RPS: http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/renewable-energy/biomass/renewable-portfolio-standard-biomass-policy.html

The State Forestry Laws, Forms and Directions are compiled by the Department of Conservation and Recreation: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/state-forestry-laws-forms-and-directions.html

Massachusetts law regulates the treatment of slash (forestry harvesting residues) to reduce the risk of fire as well as aesthetic impacts: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/stewardship/forestry/ma-forestry-bmp-manual-rd.pdf



Policy Contact

Contact Name Gordon Boyce
Department Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division Forestry Bureau, Marketing and Utilization




Phone 413-253-1798 x206


Email gordon.boyce@state.ma.us

     
     


















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