Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

National Park Service Seeks 5 Large White Oak Trees to Restore Saugus Iron Works Waterwheels

Got white oaks?  Really large white oaks?  If so, the National Park Service would like to hear from you.

The National Park Service is looking for 5 straight white oak trees that are at least 34 inches dbh and with a useable stem at least 28 feet tall to use to create a rotating central shaft and hub to restore five wooden waterwheels at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus.  The park has been searching nationwide for 10 months to find suitable trees for the reconstruction work without success so far. (more…)

American Tree Farm System Seeks Comments on Revised Standards for Tree Farmers

The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation, is seeking comments from Tree Farmers, foresters, and the general public about the new draft ATFS 2015-2020  Standards of Sustainability, which are the standards that woodland owners in Massachusetts and other states must meet for their properties to qualify for Tree Farm status.  There are currently nearly 600 properties in Massachusetts certified as Tree Farms.  The Massachusetts Tree Farm program is sponsored and administered by the Forest Alliance.  (more…)

Wood Heat Bill Passes Senate

On Thursday, June 19, the Massachusetts Senate passed the Wood Heat bill (formally S. 2214 – An Act relative to credit for thermal energy generated with renewable fuels).  The bill will now move over to the House side, arriving first at the House Committee on Ways & Means.  Following a favorable report by HWM, the bill will then move to the House floor for a vote. (more…)

Teacher Workshop on Changing Forests on August 21st

Want to get your students outside doing real science this year?  Take Harvard Forest’s Our Changing Forest Schoolyard Ecology Workshop on August 21st and have your students study how trees store carbon this fall. (more…)

Wasp Watchers Wanted

The Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources is looking for volunteers to become Wasp Watchers to find out when the destructive Emerald ash borer has spread into your area.

The smoky-winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis), a native wasp species, feeds its young by catching beetles in the Buprestidae family, including that most infamous of Buprestids, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) or commonly called EABs. The Massachusetts Wasp Watchers project uses volunteers to monitor beetle bandit wasp nests and discover if the wasps are feeding on EABs. (more…)