List of Massachusetts state forests

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Massachusetts, with forests covering 3,060,000 acres (12,400 km2) (59%) of its land area, administers more than 500,000 acres (2,000 km2)[1] of state forest, wildlife and watershed land under the cabinet level Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Lands are managed by Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of State Parks and Recreation (285,000 acres (1,150 km2)), Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) (140,000 acres (570 km2)),[2] and the Division of Water Supply Protection's Office of Watershed Management[3] (104,000 acres (420 km2)).[4]

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Current state forests[edit]

Name Location
(of main entrance)
Town(s) Size Image
Ashburnham State Forest Ashburnham Ashburnham
42°41′20″N 71°54′39″W / 42.6889°N 71.9108°W / 42.6889; -71.9108 (Ashburnham State Forest)
2,844 acres (1,151 ha)
Arthur Wharton Swann State Forest Great Barrington and Monterey
42°12′04″N 73°14′20″W / 42.2010°N 73.2388°W / 42.2010; -73.2388 (Arthur Wharton Swann State Forest)
850 acres (340 ha)
Barnstable State Forest Barnstable Barnstable
41°41′28″N 70°20′35″W / 41.6910°N 70.3431°W / 41.6910; -70.3431 (Barnstable State Forest)
54 acres (22 ha)
Beartown State Forest Monterey Monterey, Great Barrington, Lee, Otis, Stockbridge and Tyringham
42°12′09″N 73°17′20″W / 42.2025°N 73.2889°W / 42.2025; -73.2889 (Beartown State Forest)
11,204 acres (4,534 ha)
Becket State Forest Becket Becket
42°16′06″N 73°01′45″W / 42.2682°N 73.0292°W / 42.2682; -73.0292 (Becket State Forest)
1,311 acres (531 ha)
Berkley State Forest Berkley Berkley
41°49′32″N 71°04′22″W / 41.8255°N 71.0728°W / 41.8255; -71.0728 (Berkley State Forest)
Billerica State Forest Billerica Billerica
42°34′05″N 71°17′53″W / 42.5681°N 71.2981°W / 42.5681; -71.2981 (Billerica State Forest)
Boxford State Forest Boxford Boxford, Middleton, and North Andover
42°38′55″N 71°01′02″W / 42.6486°N 71.0172°W / 42.6486; -71.0172 (Boxford State Forest)
Bridgewater State Forest Bridgewater Bridgewater
41°59′01″N 70°57′02″W / 41.9835°N 70.9505°W / 41.9835; -70.9505 (Bridgewater State Forest)
58.5 acres (23.7 ha)
Brimfield State Forest Brimfield Brimfield, Monson and Wales
42°06′01″N 72°14′02″W / 42.1002°N 72.2340°W / 42.1002; -72.2340 (Brimfield State Forest)
4,941 acres (2,000 ha)
Bryant Mountain State Forest Cummington Cummington
42°29′11″N 72°58′22″W / 42.4865°N 72.9729°W / 42.4865; -72.9729 (Bryant Mountain State Forest)
636 acres (257 ha)
Buckland State Forest Buckland Buckland
42°34′39″N 72°45′17″W / 42.5776°N 72.7547°W / 42.5776; -72.7547 (Buckland State Forest)
93 acres (38 ha)
Cadwell Memorial State Forest Pelham Pelham and Belchertown
42°21′46″N 72°26′22″W / 42.3628°N 72.4394°W / 42.3628; -72.4394 (Cadwell Memorial State Forest)
1,203 acres (487 ha)
Carlisle State Forest Carlisle Carlisle
42°32′27″N 71°22′54″W / 42.5407°N 71.3818°W / 42.5407; -71.3818 (Carlisle State Forest)
23 acres (9.3 ha)
Catamount State Forest Colrain Colrain and Charlemont
42°39′08″N 72°45′21″W / 42.6522°N 72.7557°W / 42.6522; -72.7557 (Catamount State Forest)
1,474 acres (597 ha)
Chester-Blandford State Forest Chester Chester and Blandford
42°15′14″N 72°56′58″W / 42.2538°N 72.9494°W / 42.2538; -72.9494 (Chester-Blandford State Forest)
2,490 acres (1,010 ha)
Chesterfield Gorge State Forest Chesterfield Chesterfield
42°23′17″N 72°52′54″W / 42.3881°N 72.8818°W / 42.3881; -72.8818 (Chesterfield Gorge State Forest)
31.4 acres (12.7 ha)
Clarksburg State Forest Clarksburg Clarksburg and North Adams
42°43′02″N 73°08′59″W / 42.7172°N 73.1496°W / 42.7172; -73.1496 (Clarksburg State Forest)
3,668 acres (1,484 ha)
Conway State Forest Conway Conway and Williamsburg
42°28′46″N 72°42′34″W / 42.4794°N 72.7095°W / 42.4794; -72.7095 (Conway State Forest)
1,874 acres (758 ha)
Cookson State Forest New Marlborough and Sandisfield
42°03′13″N 73°11′36″W / 42.0536°N 73.1934°W / 42.0536; -73.1934 (Cookson State Forest)
2,798 acres (1,132 ha)
D.A.R. State Forest Goshen Goshen, Ashfield and Williamsburg
42°27′46″N 72°47′10″W / 42.4628°N 72.7860°W / 42.4628; -72.7860 (D.A.R. State Forest)
2,095 acres (848 ha)
Dead Branch State Forest Chesterfield Chesterfield and Westhampton
42°21′22″N 72°49′16″W / 42.3562°N 72.8211°W / 42.3562; -72.8211 (Dead Branch State Forest)
482 acres (195 ha)
Douglas State Forest Douglas Douglas, Oxford and Webster
42°01′54″N 71°46′27″W / 42.0318°N 71.7743°W / 42.0318; -71.7743 (Douglas State Forest)
5,754 acres (2,329 ha)
East Branch State Forest Chesterfield Chesterfield
42°21′46″N 72°52′09″W / 42.3627°N 72.8693°W / 42.3627; -72.8693 (East Branch State Forest)
1,232 acres (499 ha)
East Mountain State Forest Great Barrington Great Barrington, New Marlborough and Sheffield
42°10′38″N 73°19′46″W / 42.1772°N 73.3295°W / 42.1772; -73.3295 (East Mountain State Forest)
1,867 acres (756 ha)
Erving State Forest Erving Erving and Orange
42°36′55″N 72°22′49″W / 42.6154°N 72.3802°W / 42.6154; -72.3802 (Erving State Forest)
2,261 acres (915 ha)
F. Gilbert Hills State Forest Foxboro Foxboro and Wrentham
42°03′04″N 71°15′58″W / 42.0511°N 71.2662°W / 42.0511; -71.2662 (F. Gilbert Hills State Forest)
1,040 acres (420 ha)
Federated Women's Club State Forest Petersham Petersham
42°29′15″N 72°15′17″W / 42.4876°N 72.2546°W / 42.4876; -72.2546 (Federated Women's Club State Forest)
469 acres (190 ha)
Florida State Forest Florida Florida and Clarksburg
42°42′01″N 73°03′26″W / 42.7003°N 73.0571°W / 42.7003; -73.0571 (Florida State Forest)
2,135 acres (864 ha)
Franklin State Forest Franklin Franklin and Wrentham
42°04′26″N 71°26′13″W / 42.0738°N 71.4369°W / 42.0738; -71.4369 (Franklin State Forest)
914 acres (370 ha)
Freetown-Fall River State Forest Freetown Freetown, Fall River and Lakeville
41°46′38″N 71°02′43″W / 41.7772°N 71.0454°W / 41.7772; -71.0454 (Freetown-Fall River State Forest)
6,052 acres (2,449 ha)
Georgetown-Rowley State Forest Georgetown Georgetown, Rowley and Boxford
42°42′11″N 70°58′23″W / 42.7031°N 70.9730°W / 42.7031; -70.9730 (Georgetown-Rowley State Forest)
993 acres (402 ha)
Gilbert A. Bliss State Forest Chesterfield Chesterfield and Cummington
42°26′21″N 72°52′00″W / 42.4391°N 72.8668°W / 42.4391; -72.8668 (Gilbert A. Bliss State Forest)
2,341 acres (947 ha)
Granville State Forest Granville Granville and Tolland
42°03′24″N 72°58′00″W / 42.0566°N 72.9668°W / 42.0566; -72.9668 (Granville State Forest)
2,378 acres (962 ha)
H.O. Cook State Forest Heath Heath and Colrain
42°43′48″N 72°47′21″W / 42.7299°N 72.7892°W / 42.7299; -72.7892 (H.O. Cook State Forest)
4,465 acres (1,807 ha)
Harold Parker State Forest North Andover North Andover. Andover, Middleton and North Reading
42°36′59″N 71°04′35″W / 42.6165°N 71.0765°W / 42.6165; -71.0765 (Harold Parker State Forest)
3,148 acres (1,274 ha)
Hubbardston State Forest Hubbardston Hubbardston and Phillipston
42°30′35″N 72°02′42″W / 42.5098°N 72.0449°W / 42.5098; -72.0449 (Hubbardston State Forest)
1,369 acres (554 ha)
Huntington State Forest Huntington Huntington, Montgomery and Westhampton
42°15′24″N 72°50′18″W / 42.2566°N 72.8383°W / 42.2566; -72.8383 (Huntington State Forest)
885 acres (358 ha)
J. Harry Rich State Forest Groton Groton and Pepperell
42°38′09″N 71°35′15″W / 42.6358°N 71.5876°W / 42.6358; -71.5876 (J. Harry Rich State Forest)
566.5 acres (229.3 ha)
Kingston State Forest Kingston Kingston
41°57′30″N 70°44′54″W / 41.9584°N 70.7482°W / 41.9584; -70.7482 (Kingston State Forest)
161 acres (65 ha)
Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest Hawley Hawley, Buckland, Plainfield and Windsor
42°33′11″N 72°54′42″W / 42.5531°N 72.9117°W / 42.5531; -72.9117 (Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest)
7,535 acres (3,049 ha)
Krug Sugarbush State Forest Chesterfield Chesterfield
42°21′41″N 72°49′37″W / 42.3613°N 72.8270°W / 42.3613; -72.8270 (Krug Sugarbush State Forest)
92 acres (37 ha)
Lancaster State Forest Lancaster Lancaster
42°29′37″N 71°41′10″W / 42.4935°N 71.6861°W / 42.4935; -71.6861 (Lancaster State Forest)
91 acres (37 ha)
Lawton State Forest Athol Athol
42°37′12″N 72°12′49″W / 42.6199°N 72.2137°W / 42.6199; -72.2137 (Lawton State Forest)
439 acres (178 ha)
Leominster State Forest Leominster Leominster, Fitchburg, Princeton, Sterling and Westminster
42°30′58″N 71°51′26″W / 42.5161°N 71.8573°W / 42.5161; -71.8573 (Leominster State Forest)
3,253 acres (1,316 ha)
Leyden State Forest Leyden Leyden
42°42′49″N 72°38′18″W / 42.7135°N 72.6384°W / 42.7135; -72.6384 (Leyden State Forest)
60 acres (24 ha)
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest Lowell Lowell, Dracut and Tyngsborough
42°39′42″N 71°21′38″W / 42.6616°N 71.3606°W / 42.6616; -71.3606 (Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest)
984 acres (398 ha)
Ludlow State Forest Ludlow Ludlow
42°10′46″N 72°25′59″W / 42.1794°N 72.4330°W / 42.1794; -72.4330 (Ludlow State Forest)
50 acres (20 ha)
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Edgartown Edgartown
41°24′38″N 70°36′14″W / 41.4105°N 70.6038°W / 41.4105; -70.6038 (Manuel F. Correllus State Forest)
900 acres (360 ha)
Marlborough-Sudbury State Forest Marlborough, Hudson, Stow and Sudbury
42°23′32″N 71°29′22″W / 42.3921°N 71.4894°W / 42.3921; -71.4894 (Marlborough-Sudbury State Forest)
695 acres (281 ha)
Martha's Vineyard State Forest Edgartown and West Tisbury
41°24′00″N 70°38′34″W / 41.3999°N 70.6429°W / 41.3999; -70.6429 (Martha's Vineyard State Forest)
3,321 acres (1,344 ha)
Middlefield State Forest Middlefield Middlefield and Peru
42°22′48″N 73°02′32″W / 42.3799°N 73.0423°W / 42.3799; -73.0423 (Middlefield State Forest)
2,902 acres (1,174 ha)
Mohawk Trail State Forest Charlemont Charlemont, Florida, Hawley and Savoy
42°38′35″N 72°56′44″W / 42.6430°N 72.9456°W / 42.6430; -72.9456 (Mohawk Trail State Forest)
6,887 acres (2,787 ha)
Monroe State Forest Monroe Monroe, Florida and Rowe
42°43′13″N 72°59′30″W / 42.7203°N 72.9918°W / 42.7203; -72.9918 (Monroe State Forest)
3,959 acres (1,602 ha)
Montague State Forest Montague Montague and Wendell
42°32′48″N 72°29′20″W / 42.5466°N 72.4890°W / 42.5466; -72.4890 (Montague State Forest)
1,346 acres (545 ha)
Mount Grace State Forest Warwick Warwick
42°41′37″N 72°20′29″W / 42.6935°N 72.3414°W / 42.6935; -72.3414 (Mount Grace State Forest)
352 acres (142 ha)
Mount Toby State Forest Sunderland Sunderland, Leverett and Montague
42°30′12″N 72°31′35″W / 42.5033°N 72.5264°W / 42.5033; -72.5264 (Mount Toby State Forest)
1,553 acres (628 ha)
Mount Washington State Forest Mount Washington Mount Washington
42°05′09″N 73°27′54″W / 42.0857°N 73.4650°W / 42.0857; -73.4650 (Mount Washington State Forest)
6,348 acres (2,569 ha)
Myles Standish State Forest Carver Carver, Duxbury, Plymouth and Wareham
41°51′14″N 70°40′47″W / 41.8538°N 70.6796°W / 41.8538; -70.6796 (Myles Standish State Forest)
12,819 acres (5,188 ha)
Nantucket State Forest Nantucket Nantucket
41°15′54″N 70°04′46″W / 41.2650°N 70.0795°W / 41.2650; -70.0795 (Nantucket State Forest)
116 acres (47 ha)
Natural Bridge State Forest North Adams North Adams and Clarksburg
42°42′33″N 73°05′17″W / 42.7093°N 73.0880°W / 42.7093; -73.0880 (Natural Bridge State Forest)
33.5 acres (13.6 ha)
New Salem State Forest New Salem New Salem
42°30′46″N 72°21′02″W / 42.5127°N 72.3505°W / 42.5127; -72.3505 (New Salem State Forest)
170 acres (69 ha)
North Brookfield State Forest North Brookfield North Brookfield
42°14′44″N 72°02′18″W / 42.2456°N 72.0382°W / 42.2456; -72.0382 (North Brookfield State Forest)
77 acres (31 ha)
Northfield State Forest Northfield Northfield and Erving
42°39′00″N 72°23′53″W / 42.6500°N 72.3981°W / 42.6500; -72.3981 (Northfield State Forest)
3,879 acres (1,570 ha)
Oakham State Forest Oakham Oakham and Rutland
42°19′36″N 72°00′55″W / 42.3267°N 72.0154°W / 42.3267; -72.0154 (Oakham State Forest)
830 acres (340 ha)
October Mountain State Forest Lee Lee, Becket, Lenox, Pittsfield and Washington
42°20′41″N 73°11′24″W / 42.3447°N 73.1899°W / 42.3447; -73.1899 (October Mountain State Forest)
15,925 acres (6,445 ha)
Orange State Forest Orange Orange
42°35′03″N 72°20′46″W / 42.5842°N 72.3461°W / 42.5842; -72.3461 (Orange State Forest)
453 acres (183 ha)
Otis State Forest Otis Otis, Becket and Sandisfield
42°10′39″N 73°07′09″W / 42.1774°N 73.1193°W / 42.1774; -73.1193 (Otis State Forest)
6,600 acres (2,700 ha)
Otter River State Forest Templeton Templeton
42°37′34″N 72°04′45″W / 42.6261°N 72.0791°W / 42.6261; -72.0791 (Otter River State Forest)
485 acres (196 ha)
Peru State Forest Peru Peru, Middlefield and Worthington
42°23′18″N 73°01′02″W / 42.3883°N 73.0173°W / 42.3883; -73.0173 (Peru State Forest)
2,760 acres (1,120 ha)
Petersham State Forest Petersham Petersham and Athol
42°31′26″N 72°12′32″W / 42.5239°N 72.2088°W / 42.5239; -72.2088 (Petersham State Forest)
636 acres (257 ha)
Pittsfield State Forest Pittsfield Pittsfield, Hancock and Lanesborough
42°30′32″N 73°19′39″W / 42.5088°N 73.3275°W / 42.5088; -73.3275 (Pittsfield State Forest)
10,021 acres (4,055 ha)
Prospect Hill State Forest Rowley Rowley
42°42′14″N 70°53′28″W / 42.7040°N 70.8912°W / 42.7040; -70.8912 (Prospect Hill State Forest)
98 acres (40 ha)
Raynham State Forest Raynham Raynham
41°54′55″N 71°00′50″W / 41.9152°N 71.0139°W / 41.9152; -71.0139 (Raynham State Forest)
17.3 acres (7.0 ha)
Rehoboth State Forest Rehoboth Rehoboth
41°53′21″N 71°12′35″W / 41.8893°N 71.2098°W / 41.8893; -71.2098 (Rehoboth State Forest)
138 acres (56 ha)
Richmond State Forest Richmond Richmond 79 acres (32 ha)
Rowe State Forest Rowe Rowe 134 acres (54 ha)
Royalston State Forest Royalston Royalston
42°42′48″N 72°13′44″W / 42.7134°N 72.2290°W / 42.7134; -72.2290 (Royalston State Forest)
1,362 acres (551 ha)
Sandisfield State Forest Sandisfield Sandisfield and New Marlborough
42°06′52″N 73°10′40″W / 42.1145°N 73.1778°W / 42.1145; -73.1778 (Sandisfield State Forest)
6,616 acres (2,677 ha)
Savoy Mountain State Forest Savoy Savoy, Adams, Florida and North Adams
42°39′10″N 73°03′09″W / 42.6527°N 73.0524°W / 42.6527; -73.0524 (Savoy Mountain State Forest)
10,435 acres (4,223 ha)
Shawme-Crowell State Forest Sandwich Sandwich and Bourne
41°45′38″N 70°31′26″W / 41.7605°N 70.5238°W / 41.7605; -70.5238 (Shawme-Crowell State Forest)
579 acres (234 ha)
Shelburne State Forest Shelburne Shelburne
42°35′23″N 72°43′21″W / 42.5898°N 72.7226°W / 42.5898; -72.7226 (Shelburne State Forest)
52 acres (21 ha)
Shutesbury State Forest Shutesbury Shutesbury and New Salem
42°28′23″N 72°22′45″W / 42.4731°N 72.3792°W / 42.4731; -72.3792 (Shutesbury State Forest)
270 acres (110 ha)
South River State Forest Conway Conway
42°33′30″N 72°41′10″W / 42.5583°N 72.6862°W / 42.5583; -72.6862 (South River State Forest)
591 acres (239 ha)
Spencer State Forest Spencer Spencer
42°12′52″N 72°00′04″W / 42.2144°N 72.0012°W / 42.2144; -72.0012 (Spencer State Forest)
1,122 acres (454 ha)
Sutton State Forest Sutton Sutton
42°07′25″N 71°43′18″W / 42.1235°N 71.7218°W / 42.1235; -71.7218 (Sutton State Forest)
1,085 acres (439 ha)
Taconic Trail State Forest Williamstown Williamstown and Hancock
42°42′39″N 73°15′22″W / 42.7107°N 73.2562°W / 42.7107; -73.2562 (Taconic Trail State Forest)
2,197 acres (889 ha)
Templeton State Forest Templeton Templeton
42°34′39″N 72°05′20″W / 42.5776°N 72.0889°W / 42.5776; -72.0889 (Templeton State Forest)
291 acres (118 ha)
Tolland State Forest Tolland Tolland, Otis and Blandford
42°08′38″N 73°02′45″W / 42.1438°N 73.0457°W / 42.1438; -73.0457 (Tolland State Forest)
6,878 acres (2,783 ha)
Townsend State Forest Townsend Townsend
42°41′39″N 71°41′51″W / 42.6942°N 71.6976°W / 42.6942; -71.6976 (Townsend State Forest)
3,903 acres (1,579 ha)
Upton State Forest Upton Upton, Hopedale and Northbridge
42°12′33″N 71°36′33″W / 42.2093°N 71.6093°W / 42.2093; -71.6093 (Upton State Forest)
2,962 acres (1,199 ha)
Warren H. Manning State Forest Billerica Billerica
42°35′10″N 71°18′11″W / 42.5860°N 71.3031°W / 42.5860; -71.3031 (Warren H. Manning State Forest)
195 acres (79 ha)
Warwick State Forest Warwick Warwick, Northfield, Orange and Royalston
42°38′36″N 72°22′08″W / 42.6433°N 72.3690°W / 42.6433; -72.3690 (Warwick State Forest)
11,635 acres (4,709 ha)
Wendell State Forest Wendell Wendell
42°33′24″N 72°25′48″W / 42.5567°N 72.4300°W / 42.5567; -72.4300 (Wendell State Forest)
7,297 acres (2,953 ha)
West Bridgewater State Forest West Bridgewater West Bridgewater 217 acres (88 ha)
West Brookfield State Forest West Brookfield West Brookfield
42°15′50″N 72°08′30″W / 42.2640°N 72.1418°W / 42.2640; -72.1418 (West Brookfield State Forest)
140 acres (57 ha)
Westminster State Forest Westminster Westminster, Gardner and Hubbardston
42°31′06″N 71°56′38″W / 42.5184°N 71.9439°W / 42.5184; -71.9439 (Westminster State Forest)
372 acres (151 ha)
Willard Brook State Forest Ashby Ashby, Fitchburg, Lunenburg and Townsend
42°40′19″N 71°46′36″W / 42.6720°N 71.7767°W / 42.6720; -71.7767 (Willard Brook State Forest)
2,475 acres (1,002 ha)
Willowdale State Forest Ipswich Ipswich, Boxford, Rowley and Topsfield
42°41′01″N 70°53′57″W / 42.6835°N 70.8992°W / 42.6835; -70.8992 (Willowdale State Forest)
2,325 acres (941 ha)
Winchendon State Forest Winchendon Winchendon
42°37′21″N 72°01′42″W / 42.6226°N 72.0283°W / 42.6226; -72.0283 (Winchendon State Forest)
712 acres (288 ha)
Windsor State Forest Windsor Windsor and Savoy 1,845 acres (747 ha)
Worthington State Forest Worthington Worthington 219 acres (89 ha)
Wrentham State Forest Wrentham Wrentham and Plainville 927 acres (375 ha)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Promoting Stewardship of Our Forests for a Safe and Healthy Environment, Economy, and Society" (PDF). 2008 Annual Stakeholder Report. Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry. 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
  2. ^ MassWildlife: Forest Management
  3. ^ Office of Watershed Management
  4. ^ "Quabbin Reservoir Watershed System. Section 5: Management Plan Objectives and Methods Land Management Plan 2007-2017" (PDF). Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved 2009-11-03. Certified lands in Massachusetts are managed by different agencies of the EOEEA, including the Division of State Parks and Recreation (285,000 acres), the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (110,000 acres), and the Division of Water Supply Protection (104,000 acres).

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