Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Ash Borers Found in Hampden County

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Health Program has confirmed that the highly destructive invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borers, were discovered in Wilbraham in eastern Hampden County the last week of April.  The Wilbraham discovery is the first confirmed finding in Hampden County.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

EABs are small, metallic green beetles, native to Asia, which feed on ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) and white fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus). EABs kill trees quickly, within just 3 to 5 years, because they bore directly under the bark and disrupt the flow of nutrients in the tree. EABs have spread throughout 25 states since 2002, killing millions of ash trees and causing billions of dollars in treatment, removal and replacement costs. (more…)

Do You Know how to Deal with an Emergency in the Woods?

Do you know what to do if someone gets hurt or becomes sick working in the woods?  What steps could you take beforehand to make getting help for a woods emergency easier and faster?  What should you do until help arrives?

Medical emergencies can happen at any time in the woods.  For that reason, OSHA logging regulations require that all woods workers be trained in basic first aid and CPR.

In late May & early June, the Forest Alliance will hold two Preparing for Emergencies in the Woods workshops to help loggers, foresters and others who work in our woods be better prepared to deal with an emergency when they are working.  Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 26th, at Mass Wildlife’s new Field Headquarters in Westborough, and on Thursday, June 2nd, at the Blue Meadow Conference Center at the Quabbin Reservation in Belchertown.  (more…)

Get Help Saving Energy with a MDAR Energy Grant

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is now accepting applications for two energy grant programs.  Because forestry is an agricultural activity, forest businesses are eligible to apply for Ag Energy grants.

One program is the annual AgEnergy Grant program which helps fund a wide variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and project types.  A new program, the AgEnergy Special Projects Grant, is designed to help fund specific categories of technologies and project types. If your project meets the requirements of both programs, you can apply to both, but you will only be funded by one of them. (more…)

Forest Alliance Looking for Communications & Outreach Specialist

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance is seeking applicants for a Communications & Outreach Specialist to work on a variety of projects and media types.

Funding for this position is from both MFA’s regular budget and secured grants. This is a 60% to 80% time position to start. We anticipate funding for at least two years; there is potential for the position to grow to full time and permanent. (more…)

Protect Against Tick Bites!

Deer Ticks, otherwise known as Blacklegged Ticks, are abundant throughout Massachusetts. They can carry the organisms that cause Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. All three diseases are on the rise. Tick-borne illnesses can be very serious if untreated, but are preventable.

Deer ticks and the larger dog ticks are very common in spring in the woods in Massachusetts.  Common strategies to protect against ticks include wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, wearing light colored clothing to make ticks more visible if they get on you, tucking your pant legs into your socks, and wearing insect repellent or repellent treated clothing. (more…)