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Will this help me I live in Pennsylvania and have never heard of chapter 61
Paul may have more advice, but it looks like PA might have a "Clean & Green" program that functions similarly as a preferential tax assessment program: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/farmland/clean/Pages/default.aspx
This is a great booklet that reinforces what Chris is sharing: https://masswoods.org/sites/masswoods.net/files/Ch61-v2.pdf
How expensive is hiring a licensed forester for say 100 acre parcel- i would like a “ballpark” cost? thanks
for developing a forest management plan
The cost of developing a plan will vary. Generally speaking, a plan for a 100 acre parcel would cost in the ballpark of $1,700-$2,500. There is grant money available in some situations to offset or cover the cost of this plan.
To find the MA DCR Service Forester and private foresters working in your community: https://masswoods.org/professionals
We hope to talk more about cost share/ grant programs at our April webinar, but here's one that can help with the cost of getting a plan: https://www.mass.gov/doc/forest-stewardship-cost-share-application/download
Is there anything for smaller lots? My land is only 2.3 acres.
If we aren't sure which program is best for our property, would you suggest the first point of contact be to DCR?
Do you need to have land surveyed prior to doing a forest management plan?
Does the filing schedule that was shown by Chris apply to CH 61B as well as CH 61?
Ch. 61 Information, including the publication and calculators: https://masswoods.org/landowner-programs/chapter-61-current-use-tax-programs
This may be premature but will you being discussing Conservation Restrictions at some point?
Elaine, our next webinar in March will feature Kate Buttolph of Mass Audubon and Jen Soper of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. They both work with private landowners and have lots of experience with Conservation Restrictions.
at the end of a10 year plan and you choose not to renew does the land just go back to chapter 59 or is there any penalties or pay back?
Did you answer Judy’s question above?
Thanks, good to know it will be discussed in March
sorry! basically, ch 61 + conservation = good and compatible
Contact info to email DCR to request a Forrester to come out and walk through your land please
Can you do a chapter 61 and not harvest from your forests? And just keep it as is, wild.
If Ch. 61 land is sold to MA Wildlife before 10 year plan renewal, is there any penalty?
Chris Capone DCR
We need to allow Forest landowners to have significant Tax reductions for preserving Trees and Wildlife with climate changes!(Carbon sequestration, heat effects reduction, etc.)
I'll plug one more Paul Catanzaro publication for those interested in the forest carbon conversation: https://masswoods.org/sites/masswoods.org/files/Forest-Carbon-web_1.pdf
Thanks Paul and Presenters for a good intro. to Ch, 61.
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