DEEP: Forestry


With close to 60% of its land area in forest, Connecticut is one of the most heavily forested states in the nation. At the same time, 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 73% of Connecticut's forest, with more than two-thirds of that owned by families or individuals),
  • 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
  • engage municipalities and citizens alike in the work of urban forestry, and
  • promote the local forest industry.
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Content last updated April 23, 2019