Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Eve – Cowles Family named Northeast Region Tree Farmers of the Year

The Eve-Cowles Family Tree Farm in Conway and Deerfield has been named one of four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System.  Eve Cowles Family presented TF Year Award

The Eve-Cowles Family was honored as the 2015 Massachusetts Tree Farmers of the Year for their exemplary management of the 360 acres of woodlands they own in Deerfield and Conway, and their efforts to educate others about how caring management can produce both valuable timber and better habitat for many wildlife species, particularly birds whose numbers have been shrinking.  They have also allowed their property to be used extensively for outdoor education and recreation. (more…)

State Issues Drought Alerts for most of Massachusetts

For the first time in 14 years, the state has issued drought alerts for most of Massachusetts.  The Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs issued a drought watch for central and northeastern Massachusetts, and a drought advisory for the 3 Connecticut Valley counties and southeastern Massachusetts.  The only areas not experiencing excessively dry conditions are Berkshire County and Cape Cod and the islands. (more…)

Ash Borers Found at Two More Locations

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Health Program has confirmed that the highly destructive invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borer, was discovered in Newton in Middlesex County and in Boxford in Essex County.  (more…)

Come on a Maple Tour and Picnic at Holiday Brook Farm on August 7th

The Forest Alliance and the Massachusetts Maple Producers are jointly holding a Summer Picnic and Maple Tour at Dicken Crane’s Holiday Brook Farm on Holiday Cottage Road in Dalton on Sunday, August 7th from 10:30 am to 2 pm (more…)

Dry Conditions Lead to Worst Gypsy Moth Damage in 35 Years

The largest outbreak of Gypsy Moth caterpillars in 35 years has resulted in more than 100,000 acres of trees being stripped bare from Cape Cod to the Quabbin Reservoir.

UMass scientists say that Massachusetts has the most gypsy moth defoliation since 1981 when more than 200,000 acres of trees were stripped.  Since the late 1980’s, gypsy moth populations have been kept under control by a native fungus which kills gypsy moth caterpillars.  For the last two years, however, the fungus which thrives in wet conditions, has been unable to spread due to dry and drought conditions.  As a result, the gypsy moth population has exploded and so have the number of trees defoliated. (more…)