MA Forest Ownership

Family Forests

At 62% forest cover, Massachusetts is the 8th most forested state in the nation, and the third most densely populated. More than 75% of the Commonwealth's forests are family forests, owned by private families and individuals. In fact, there are 46,000 families across the state that own more than ten acres of land. These ownerships fit together like pieces of a puzzle across the landscape.

Look Beyond Your Stone Walls

There are over 46,500 landowners in Massachusetts who own 10 or more acres of land. Every day, the number of landowners increases and ownerships get smaller as people sub-divide and sell land. As land ownerships continue to get smaller, it becomes increasingly important to consider individual ownerships as a part of a larger whole and to work with neighbors to achieve mutual goals.

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