Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Pre-Harvest Tree Farm Tour in Hawley August 16th

The Massachusetts Tree Farm Program will hold a Pre-Harvest Tree Farm Tour at the Taverntop Trust Tree Farm on South Road in Hawley on Saturday, August 16th, from 9 to 11 am.  The morning tour will show how a harvest has been set up for 30 acres of hardwood forest severely damaged by the 2008 ice storm to not only salvage some of the timber value, but also create better conditions for regeneration of valuable hardwood species and creating more diverse wildlife habitat. (more…)

Save Your Trees — Spot Their Enemies!

August is Check Your Trees Month!

Join your fellow citizens during the month of August and check your trees for signs of damage caused by Asian Long-horned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. Take just ten minutes this month to check your trees for beetles and signs of damage. (more…)

Study Finds Winter Moths Severely Reduce Growth of Oaks in Massachusetts

A recently-published study in the journal, Insects, has found that winter moth defoliation severely affects the growth and health of common oak species in Massachusetts. Scientists closely studied red and black oak and red maple trees in Hanson, Hingham, Wellesley, Wenham and West Bridgewater during the study. Winter moth defoliation of affected trees reduced growth of red and black oaks by up to 47 percent, while surprisingly similar winter moth defoliation of red maples had no harmful effects. (more…)

Wood Heat Bill Passes Legislature!

August 4, 2014 – BOSTON, MA.  Advocates for renewable thermal energy are celebrating today as Massachusetts is poised to become one of a few select states in the country to sign into law comprehensive legislation to promote the use of clean, renewable fuels and technologies to heat and cool buildings.  On the last day of the Massachusetts legislature’s formal session of 2014, the landmark legislation was passed to be enacted by both the House and Senate, and now awaits Governor Patrick’s signature. (more…)

Emerald Ash Borers Found in Boston

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) announced July 30th that tree-killing Emerald Ash Borers (EAB) were detected in Boston in a trap at Arnold Arboretum. Suffolk County is the third county in the Commonwealth to have a confirmed detection of EABs. (more…)