Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Massachusetts Town Forest Conference in Weston October 5th

The 2nd annual Massachusetts Town Forest Conference, Connecting Local Communities with Sustainable Forestry, will take place at the Weston Recreation Center on Sunday, October 5th, from 9 am to 4 pm.  The full-day event will include workshops on community forestry and the different opportunities that local, sustainable forest management can create. (more…)

DCR Pre-Harvest Forest Tours in September and October

 DCR Foresters will be leading tours of prepared timber sale areas, discussing forest management techniques, providing a view of the trees designated for harvest, and explaining how harvest operations will take place. A detailed silviculture prescription for each harvesting operation will be provided to attendees.  The tours will be held rain or shine.  Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. (more…)

Chapter 61A Deadline is October 1st

Woodland owners whose forest land is classified under MGL Chapter 61A to save money on taxes should remember to file the annual Chapter 61A land returns with their local boards of assessors no later than Wednesday, October 1st.  Forms for filing under Chapter 61A are available from your local assessors office and may be available for download online at your town’s website.

Ash Borer Quarantine Meeting in Boston September 23rd

The Department of Conservation & Recreation and Department of Agricultural Resources, in conjunction with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Forest Service, will hold a public meeting on September 23rd at the Arnold Arboretum Visitors Center in Boston to discuss the establishment of a quarantine restricting the movement of ash logs, firewood, lumber and plants due to the recent discovery of an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation in Boston. (more…)

Tree Farm Field Day in Phillipston September 13th

The 2014 Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day will be held at the Ellinwood – O’Brien Tree Farm in Phillipston in northern Worcester County on Saturday, September 13th, from 9 am to 4 pm. The Ellinwood – O’Brien Tree Farm is a 320 acre woodland that has been managed productively for more than 50 years, beginning with the late Joseph Ellinwood and now his heirs.  It was first certified as a Tree Farm in November 1963.  It is currently managed by former DCR forester, Richard Valcourt Sr., who is one of the co-owners. (more…)