Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Tree Farm Inspector’s Workshop April 8th in Sturbridge

The Massachusetts Tree Farm Program will hold a workshop to train Tree Farm inspectors in the revised 2015-2020 Tree Farm Standards at the Sturbridge Host Hotel on April 8th. Any forester who wants to be able to certify woodlands as Tree Farms must complete training in the new Tree Farm Standards. (more…)

March Means Maple Sugaring in Massachusetts

March is the month that buckets and tubing appear on maple trees, steam billows into the sky in late afternoon and evening, and the first sweet crop of spring is produced at sugarhouses around Massachusetts. More than 100 sugaring operations around Massachusetts turn maple sap into syrup, maple sugar, and maple candy in a 400 year old tradition here. (more…)

New Research About Restoring Old Growth Characteristics

A team of UMass and University of Vermont researchers have published new research about techniques that can be used to restore old growth characteristics to second growth northern hardwood woodlands.  Tony D’Amato from UWM and Paul Catanzaro and Lena Fletcher from UMass teamed up to study ways to restore some old growth characteristics to second growth hardwood stands. (more…)

Forest Tax Values for Fiscal 2016 Set

New recommended values for assessment of woodlands under Chapter 61 and Chapter 61A have been set for the fiscal year that begins July 1st by the Farmland Valuation Advisory Committee. Tax values for woodlands east of the Connecticut River will decline about 10 percent, while values for woodlands west of the river will rise about 3 percent. (more…)

DCR Public Meetings In February for Forest Management Projects

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Bureau of Forestry will host two public meetings in February concerning proposed forest management projects on 420 acres in Pittsfield State Forest in Lanesborough and Hancock, 100 acres in South River State Forest in Conway, and 241 acres in Erving State Forest in Erving. (more…)