Forest Management

Nearly Three Centuries of Sustainable Forestry

American Tree Farm System Founding MemberIn 1741 Jonathan Cowls began acquiring and sustainably managing farmland and timberland that today consists of over 100 parcels in 30 towns in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. Cowls foresters prepare long-term management plans for each parcel and harvest multiple forest products, including veneer logs, sawlogs, pulpwood, and cordwood for regional markets.

A founding member of the American Tree Farm System, Cowls adheres to the strict standards of the nations’ oldest sustainable forestry certification program.  Under this program, wildlife habitat, recreation, and watershed proection are important factors in managing the forest for wood production. Several Cowls parcels are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Today, Cowls is the largest private landowner in the state, managing later generations of the same forests that Jonathan Cowls harvested over 270 years ago. That fact, along with numerous awards, is proof of our sustainable management.

Forestry-Based Opportunities

Natural Resources

In addition to sustainably harvested wood, Cowls land contains significant natural resources including Title 5 certified sand and gravel; landscape stone; goshen stone; amethysts; etc.

Renewable Energy

We are extremely interested in the long-term potential for renewable energy production on Cowls land. We join the Commonwealth in its commitment to renewable energy sources and welcome the opportunities investigating wind and solar energy production projects.


W.D. Cowls, Inc. is committed to helping rural communities in Western Massachusetts get connected through enhanced telecommunications systems. We are currently working with multiple broadband and wireless service providers and welcome additional partnerships.

If you are interested in exploring opportunities in any of these areas, please contact us and ask for Shane Bajnoci, Vice President of Forest Operations. You can also call our Forestry Department at 413-549-1403