The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation manages state forestland in the Central Berkshires for a variety of public and ecosystem benefits, including biodiversity, recreation, and sustainable forest harvest. The primary goal in the treatment of the project area is to retain the current mixedwood forest habitat type by promoting the regeneration of softwood species and increasing structural diversity for wildlife species. Additional goals include providing examples of sound practices for logging and forest road infrastructure that protect forest productivity and soil and water resources, and providing wildlife benefits by increasing structural diversity and the abundance of soft and hard mast trees.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
The Adaptation Workbook was used to identify some potential adaptation actions for this project, which will be implemented through a timber state in the next 1-3 years. These actions will work to maintain the softwood component for as long as possible on the most suitable locations, while simultaneously encouraging a suite of species that are expected to be better adapted to future conditions on other sites in the project area.