Service Forestry Program for Connecticut Landowners
DEEP’s Service Foresters will provide advice and technical assistance to forest landowners in the following areas:
Forest Stewardship Planning
Wildlife Habitat Management
Forest Products Management
Christmas Tree Management
Forest Recreation and Aesthetic Enhancement
Forest Health, Insect and Disease Problems
Stream and Wetlands Protection
Even though Connecticut is one of the nation's most densely populated states, it is also one of the most heavily forested - nearly 60% of our landbase is in forest. Of that 1.8 million forested acres, a full 73% is owned by private forest landowners - individuals, families, land trusts, tribal owners, clubs and corporate owners. Municipalities own an additional 9% of the state's forest land.
This means that the efforts taken by private landowners have an enormous influence over the quality and extent of our forests - now and into the future. Understanding the forest, taking an active interest in what occurs in the forest, and implementing a program of forest management are among the best things an owner can do regarding his or her land.
Forest management does not automatically mean harvesting - although a forest harvest can be a valuable management tool. Forest management and proper stewardship of the land can take many forms - and may vary widely, depending upon the goals of a particular landowner. All have as a common thread the recognition of the value of the forest’s resources and the importance of the forest to the welfare of society.
How Can a Service Forester Help?
Service Foresters are there to help the forest landowner get started. According to Departmental guidelines, Service Foresters may spend up to one full day per calendar year with a given landowner for no charge. At least a couple hours of that time should be spent talking about the landowner’s goals, interest and concerns, as well as discussing property boundaries and other relevant details regarding ownership.
The Service Forester will take what he learns through this discussion and combine it with what else he has gathered from his visit to the property and other available sources of information. He will then provide the landowner with management recommendations and, depending on the situation, a Forest Stewardship Plan.
If provided, a Stewardship Plan will include:
A Forest Cover Map - a map delineating the different types of tree and shrub communities in the forest;
Stewardship Options - a brief listing of the types of management activities that the forest landowner might choose as a part of determining which goals to work towards; and
Recommended Action Steps - including “where to go from here” information that will help the landowner learn more about the forest and explore the available goals and options.
One common recommendation is that the landowner contact a resource professional, such as a certified forester, who can work directly with the landowner toward the next steps in forest stewardship and management.
If you wish to investigate further how a Service Forester might be able to help, contact the Service Forester who covers your area of the state. You can determine which forester to contact by viewing the map of the territories.
When contacting the Service Forester, complete and send the Stewardship Landowner Questionnaire.
The Service Foresters are:
Program Administrative Office
Eastern District Headquarters
209 Hebron Road
Marlborough, CT 06447
(860) 424-3594 (office)
(860) 422-3034 (cell)
Western District Headquarters
230 Plymouth Road
Harwinton, CT 06791
(860) 424-3382 (office)
(860) 930-5037 (cell)
Program Administrative Office
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-3635 (voice)
(860) 424-4070 (fax)
Content last reviewed February 2020