Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

MFA Seeking Executive Director Candidates

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance is seeking candidates for a full-time Executive Director following the resignation of Jeff Hutchins. Jeff is leaving MFA to attend law school in Indiana this fall. Hutchins served in the post since August 2012 and has led MFA’s efforts to unite and strengthen the forestry community in Massachusetts. Jeff’s last day was July 9th. (more…)

Massachusetts Forest Legacy Program Seeks Woodland Conservation Proposals

The Massachusetts Forest Legacy Program is currently seeking proposals for forest land conservation projects for fiscal 2017.  Proposals and all required paperwork for 2017 Forest Legacy projects must be submitted by September 14th to be considered. (more…)

Tree Farm Assessment Shows Management Plans need Tweaks

The recently completed assessment of Massachusetts Tree Farms has shown that many Tree Farmers may have management plans that unintentionally lack some of the requirements for current Tree Farm certification.  All Tree Farms are required to have management plans that meet the American Forest Foundation’s current Standards for Sustainability. The AFF Standards require that management plans address compliance with each of eight standards to be certified for good management. (more…)

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…)