Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Foresters Council Workshops and Meeting in Northampton on September 10th

The Massachusetts Foresters Council will hold its fall meeting and workshops at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on September 10th from 3:30 to 8 pm.  Topics that will be discussed include: the Northern Long-eared Bat situation, American Chestnut restoration, a forest health update, current legislative and policy issues, and an update on DCR Service Forestry programs. New DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez has been invited to attend. (more…)

2015 Tree Farm Field Day at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton September 19th

The 2015 Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day will be held at Dicken Crane’s Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton on Saturday, September 19th, from 9 am to 4 pm. This year’s Field Day is being put on in conjunction with the Berkshire Conservation District and NRCS, and will highlight opportunities farmers and forest landowners have to use NRCS and other programs to improve their farm and woodland operations.  (more…)

August is Forest Pest Awareness Month

August 2015 marks the seventh anniversary of the discovery of Asian longhorned beetle in Massachusetts. Since August 2008, more than 30,000 hardwood trees have been removed to try to control this invasive pest. In 2012, Emerald Ash Borer, another invasive pest, was found in Berkshire County and has since been found in Essex and Suffolk Counties. (more…)

MFA Seeking Executive Director Candidates

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance is seeking candidates for a full-time Executive Director following the resignation of Jeff Hutchins. Jeff is leaving MFA to attend law school in Indiana this fall. Hutchins served in the post since August 2012 and has led MFA’s efforts to unite and strengthen the forestry community in Massachusetts. Jeff’s last day was July 9th. (more…)

Massachusetts Forest Legacy Program Seeks Woodland Conservation Proposals

The Massachusetts Forest Legacy Program is currently seeking proposals for forest land conservation projects for fiscal 2017.  Proposals and all required paperwork for 2017 Forest Legacy projects must be submitted by September 14th to be considered. (more…)