Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Reading the Forested Landscape Program in Greenfield May 8th

The fascinating history of the forests of western Massachusetts is on display for all to see if you know where to look.  Join Tom Wessels, author of Reading the Forested Landscape: a Natural History of New England, at Greenfield Community College on Thursday, May 8th, at 6 pm for a talk about how to decipher the evidence etched into our forested landscape to unravel its complex history. (more…)

April 15th Logging Emergencies Workshop location changed to Turners Falls

Due to a schedule conflict, the First Aid & CPR workshop on April 15th that was originally planned to be at the Notch Visitors Center in Amherst will instead be held at the Turners Falls Public Safety Complex. The Complex is at 180 Turnpike Road in Turners Falls.

The Logging Emergencies workshop will be held in the Community Room at the Public Safety Complex, beginning with registration at 8:30 am.

Parking will be in the public lot adjacent to the Police Station (do not park in the lot posted for authorized vehicles only).

MFA Supports Northampton Watershed Management

The following guest column, written by MFA executive director Jeffrey Hutchins, appeared in the Hampshire Daily Gazette on Friday, March 21, in a feature exploring various sides of debate about active watershed forest management.

“The forests that surround the city of Northampton’s watersheds play an essential role in providing the people of Northampton with a renewable, sustainable supply of vital natural resources — namely, fresh, clean drinking water for more than 28,000 residents. (more…)

Essex County Ash Quarantine Goes in Effect April 1st

The Department of Conservation & Recreation will institute a quarantine on the movement of all ash materials and hardwood firewood beginning on April 1st.  The quarantine is aimed at slowing the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) which was discovered in North Andover in December. (more…)

Logging Emergencies Workshops for Timber Harvesters in April

Do you know what to do if someone gets hurt in the woods on a cutting job?  How will you get help?  What equipment should you keep on the job?

Those questions and more will be the focus of 3 First Aid & CPR Workshops for Timber Harvesters that the Forest Alliance will be holding around the state in April. (more…)