The Forest Environment Program manages 40,000 acres of state-owned rural forestland. It coordinates a statewide forest fire protection plan, provides forest fire protection on state lands, assists rural volunteer fire departments, and refers development of forest and wildlife property management plans to consultants.
The Program promotes public understanding of environmental conservation, enforces Department rules and regulations on DEM lands, and assists the federal government in providing landowner assistance programs.
Moreover, additional Program mandates are: to monitor and recommend controls for insects and disease, to work with communities promoting urban tree health, to license arborists, and to certify forest land under the state's Farm, Forest and Open Space Act.
Major functions carried out by the Program include: Operation & Maintenance of 40,000 acres (6% of the state's land area), Forest Fire Control, Law Enforcement, Forest Management, Insect & Disease Management, Forest Health Monitoring, Landowner Assistance Programs, Urban and Community Forestry Program, Conservation Education Program, Forest Legacy Acquisition Program, Snowmobile Area Management, Timber Sales, Arborist Licensing - Tree Warden, and Recreation Management.