DCR seeks to refine its goals, practices

January 3, 2010

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THE FOLLY in felling Bay State forests’’ (Op-ed, Dec. 27) paints a misleading picture of forest management by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Over the past decade, DCR has allowed timber harvesting on less than 0.5 percent of the 450,000 acres under its care each year. These practices have included making some larger cuts for the purpose of removing non-native species in order to let native trees take their place and create habitat that is important for some wildlife species.

In my tenure as DCR commissioner, it has become clear that there is a wide range of perspectives on forest stewardship. Acknowledging the diversity of opinions, DCR launched a Forest Futures visioning process in the spring, through which experts and the public will help the department refine its goals and practices. This process will soon generate a set of recommendations that will be shared at public forums across the state.

I invite anyone who is interested to attend one of these forums and join in the dialogue as we chart a balanced course for the future of our forests.

Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Commissioner Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Boston

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