DEEP: Forestry


With close to 60% of its land area in forest, Connecticut is one of the most heavily forested states in the nation. Ironically, Connecticut is also one of the most densely populated states.

Connecticut’s forests and trees add immensely to the quality of life for the people of the state. They filter the air that is breathed, safeguard private and public drinking water sources, produce locally grown forest products, provide essential habitat for wildlife, and moderate summer and winter temperatures near homes. Whether people in Connecticut live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting, they are connected to the forest.  Forests and trees are integral to the character of Connecticut.  They also provide a spectacular annual display of fall color across our landscape.

Programs within the Division of Forestry focus on working with partners to protect Connecticut's forest resources. These programs:

  • encourage private land owners to practice responsible long-term forest management (private landowners own nearly 85% of Connecticut's forest),
  • protect Connecticut's forest resources from the effects of fire, insects, disease, and misuse,
  • provide accurate and timely information about Connecticut's forest resources
  • certify forest practitioners,
  • manage the State Forests, in which exist many large blocks of unfragmented forest land, and
  • encourage local forest industry.
 Items of Current Interest:  
 Meeting the New Tree Warden Qualification Requirements
In 2013, the State Statutes regarding tree wardens were revised.  It is now required that each city and town appoint as either tree warden or deputy tree warden an individual who meets, within one year of appointment, the requirements as set forth in CGS 23-59a.  An individual may meet these requirements either by completing the coursework outlined in the statute or by being licensed as an arborist in Connecticut.    
For more information about these new requirements, including details regarding meeting these requirements through the Tree Warden School, please visit the UConn Extension Tree Warden Outreach page. 

Contact the Forestry Division

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Content last updated June 24, 2015