DEEP: Forest Practices Advisory Board

Forest Practices Advisory Board

Current Board Members       Future Meeting Dates / Minutes of Recent Meetings

Description of Board Purpose and Membership Requirements

The Forest Practices Advisory Board was established by State Statute (CGS 23-65g) in 1991. The Board is charged with three primary duties:

  1. To periodically review applicable regulations concerning forest practices and the certification of forest practitioners and, as needed, issue recommendations to the Commissioner of Energy & Environmental Protection for changes to such regulations;
  2. To periodically review the programs and policies of the department regarding forests, forest health and forest practices and issue recommendations to the commissioner for changes, as needed, to such programs and policies; and
  3. To provide advice and guidance to the commissioner regarding the certification of technically proficient forest practitioners and the revocation or suspension of such certifications.

The board consists of the State Forester or his designee and nine public members. Of the nine public members, one each is appointed by:

  • the president pro tempore of the Senate
  • the majority leader of the Senate
  • the minority leader of the Senate
  • the speaker of the House of Representatives
  • the majority leader of the House of Representatives
  • the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

The other three public members are appointed by the Governor.

In addition, by law, among the members appointed are at least one each of the following:

  • a professional forester in private practice
  • a representative of the forest products industry
  • an officer of an environmental organization that is headquartered within the state and is concerned primarily with forests
  • a professor of forestry or natural resources from a college or university within the state
  • an owner of not less than ten nor more than two hundred fifty acres of forest land
  • a representative of an environmental organization not primarily concerned with forests
  • a member of an inland wetlands agency.

The members of the board, excepting the State Forester or his designee, are appointed for a term of four years. Each appointed member of the board shall serve until his or her successor is appointed. The State Forester or his designee serves as chairman of the board. The board meets at least three times annually or upon the written request of a majority of the members of the board. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

The principal office of the board is the State Forester's office. Those who wish to correspond with the board may direct their inquiries to the attention of:

Christopher Martin
State Forester
DEEP Division of Forestry
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Current Membership    

 Member Membership criterion
 Christopher Martin  State Forester
 Ian Branson Professional Forester in Private Practice
 Vacant Representative of the Forest Products Industry
 Dr. Mark Ashton Professor of Forestry
 Joseph Theroux Inland Wetlands Agency
 Bruce Spaman General Public
 Benjamin Oko, M.D. General Public
 Joan Nichols  Owner of not less than 10 nor more than 250 acres of forest land
 Thomas J. Degnan, Jr. Environmental Organization that is concerned primarily with forests
 Patrick Comins Environmental Organization not primarily concerned with forests
 Peter Nieman

Schedule and Minutes of Recent Meetings
The public is invited to attend all Forest Practices Advisory Board Meetings

Future Meeting Dates- 

February 27, 2020

Minutes of Past Meetings:

Forest Practices Act Temporary Task Force

Content last updated January 9, 2020