Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Conway Sugarhouse Saved from Fire

Thanks to quick work by responding firefighters, the landmark Boyden Brothers maple sugaring business on Route 116 in Conway will survive to boil more syrup after a stray spark set an attached woodshed afire on March 22nd. (more…)

DCR, Environmental Police Investigating Timber Theft in Buckland

The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Department of Conservation & Recreation are investigating illegal cutting of timber on both state and private lands off Bray Road in Buckland. (more…)

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…)