Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Want a Forester Credit? Complete a Tree Farm Inspection Every Year

Foresters who complete a Tree Farm certification now qualify to get one Continuing Forestry Education credit per year under a policy approved by the Forester Licensing Board in June. The policy mirrors the National SAF policy for CFEs. Foresters would only get 1 CFE per year for doing Tree Farm inspections. (more…)

Despite Frigid Start, Maple Sugarers Have Record Season

Maple syrup producers in Massachusetts had record production in 2015 despite a prolonged winter that delayed the start of the season.  According to reports from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, sugarers here produced 75,000 gallons of maple syrup this spring, up 23 percent from 2014. Nationally maple syrup production was up about 6 percent, to 2.96 million gallons. (more…)

NRCS Halts Forestry Projects Due to Bat Concerns

The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that any NRCS-funded projects where cutting of trees larger than 3″ dbh is included (e.g. habitat management, timber stand improvement, early successional habitat creation, trail and log landing improvements, food plot installation, etc.) are suspended from June 1 through July 31 due to concerns about the threatened Northern Long Eared Bat. (more…)

MFA Publishes Guide for Abutters to Timber Harvests

132_brochure_coverThe Massachusetts Forest Trust has published a new Reference Guide for Abutters to provide foresters, landowners and timber harvesters with a simple handout they can provide neighboring landowners when they plan a timber harvest.

The short guide was written by landowner Holly Robert and forester Dana Hachigian to answer abutter’s questions about the timber harvest process when a harvest is scheduled on an adjoining property. It explains how to clear up boundary disagreements, what a Forest Cutting Plan is, and how sensitive areas and habitats are protected by the Chapter 132 process. (more…)

New Report Examines Massachusetts Forest Economy

The North East State Foresters Association has just issued a new report, The Economic Importance of Massachusetts’ Forest Based Economy 2015, that examines different aspects and economic contributions of Massachusetts forest sectors to the overall economy. (more…)