Current use programs - Chapters 61 for forestlands, 61A for agriculture land and 61B for recreational land - give preferential tax treatment to landowners who maintain their property as open space for timber production, agriculture or recreation
If you have 10 or more contiguous acres of forest land and a commitment to improving the quality and quantity of timber on your land, you may qualify for Chapter 61 Tax Program. Wildlife, aesthetics, and recreation can also be incorporated into your property management goals with DCR’s Forest Stewardship Program . An approved forest management plan that describes your property resources, maps the area and makes recommendations on long term forest management will be required to participate. Using your forest management objectives, the plan can be renewed every ten years to reflect changes to land conditions or to your overall goals for the property. Here is a sample Chapter 61 Stewardship Plan.
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Contact Forest Tax Program Chapter 61
DCR Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry
40 Cold Storage Drive
PO Box 484
Amherst, Massachusetts 01004 Phone: