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Forest Management on State Lands

Currently, there are 32 State Forests totaling about 170,000 acres in the Connecticut State Forest system.  These are lands owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by State of Connecticut Department Energy and  Environmental Protection, through DEEP's Division of Forestry.  Connecticut's individual State Forests are distributed throughout the state. In managing these lands, the Division of Forestry seeks to develop a vigorous, resilient, forest environment capable of sustaining the wide range of demands that the public places on these lands. These demands include a variety of recreational experiences, natural diversity (including threatened and endangered species), the preservation of unique sites (both geologic and archeological), the provision of raw materials as forest products, and the maintenance of wildlife and fisheries habitats. The Division’s professional foresters work to insure that these forests remain healthy and vigorous while serving the needs of the citizens of Connecticut.

A Reminder to those Recreating in CT's State Forests:

The CT Blue-Blazed Trail System is for foot traffic only. Please respect CT Statute Sec. 23-10a and refrain from mountain bike and horse back riding. The portions of this trail system that cross State property are maintained by CT Forest and Park Association volunteers and are designated as hiking trails. Thank you for your cooperation.

State Forest Management Plans

Forestry work scheduled within the approved 10 year Forest Management Plan may extend beyond the Plan's end date as these activities often take several years to complete.  The Division of Forestry does not initiate new silvicultural treatments outside of Forest Management Plan timeframe.  Adaptive forest management may take place at any time in response to unforeseen circumstances such as disease outbreaks, fire, or storm damage that cause an immediate forest health of public safety concern.

Invitations to Bid 
State Forest Maps 

Other Resources

Massacoe Block Timber Harvest July 2020

Why We Harvest Trees in Connecticut State Forests

State Forest Firewood Program

Bidders Manual for the Sale of Forest Products from State-Owned Lands

Sustainable Yield on Timberland Managed by the Division of Forestry 

Bird Checklist for Naugatuck State Forest 

Content last updated October 2020