"Caring for Your Woods" Landowner Guides


The Massachusetts "Caring for your Woods" series was developed for landowners by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in partnership with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), Mass Audubon, the New England Forestry Foundation, and Mass Woodlands Institute.

Cover of MA caring for your woods guides
  • Caring for your Woods - Setting Goals: This guide is intended to help landowners identify high-priority stewardship goals for their property.

  • Caring for your Woods - Adapting to Changing Conditions: This guide can help landowners consider the ways that climate change may affect their woods and how they can work with a professional forester to ensure that the trees, wildlife, and other forest species can cope with changing conditions.

  • Caring for your Woods - Managing for Forest Carbon:  This guide is intended to help landowners consider additional actions that increase the ability of forests to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere, in addition to ensuring forests are healthy and productive over the long term.


Rhode IslandCover of Rhode Island Guide: Adapting to Changing Conditions

The Massachusetts guide was adapted by the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island DEM, and the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership in collaboration with NIACS and the Northern Forests Climate Hub to create a guide for Rhode Island landowners: Caring for Rhode Island's Woods: Increasing Resiliency and Adapting to Changing Conditions.

For more resources on Climate-Smart Forestry in Rhode Island, visit the Rhode Island Woods website.