Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

State Announces Grants to Convert Two Mohawk Schools to Wood Heat

BOSTON – April 29, 2015 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it was awarding grant funding for Heath Elementary School in Heath and the Hawlemont Elementary School in Charlemont to convert their heating systems to highly efficient biomass boilers from existing oil heating systems. Two grants totaling $355,375 are the third and fourth to be awarded for implementation from the Schools and Public Housing Integrating Renewables and Efficiency (SAPHIRE) Program. (more…)

State offers Assistance to pay for Forest Management Plans

The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Forest Stewardship Program has funding available to help woodland owners develop 10-year forest management plans for their woodlands. Municipal governments seeking to develop Stewardship Plans for their Town Forests or Conservation Commission woodlands may also be eligible for cost-sharing. (more…)

State Offers Grants to Upgrade your Woodstoves

Got an older woodstove you’d like to replace with a newer, more efficient unit?  If so, you may want to look into the Commonwealth’s Woodstove Change-Out Program which is offering grants of up to $2,250 for homeowners who install more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves. (more…)

How will the New Federal Bat Regulations Affect Your Woodland?

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on April 1st announced that it will list the northern long-eared bat as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), an action that could result in significant restrictions on logging operations during the months of June and July in 37 states, possibly including Massachusetts. (more…)

Southern Pine Beetles Found in Connecticut

The highly destructive Southern pine beetle, which has devastated thousands of acres of pines in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens region, has been found in multiple locations in Connecticut. (more…)