Project Learning Tree Forest Ecology Workshop @ Tamarack Hollow Nature Center
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm


Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a PLT Workshop on Forest Ecology on Saturday, April 30th, at Tamarack Hollow Nature Center at 1515 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor, MA from 8 am to 2 pm.  Cost of the workshop is $20 including materials.  

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, nationally-recognized program of the American Forest Foundation. PLT focuses on trees, forests, forest ecology and their place in human culture and enterprise. PLT’s interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for diverse teaching and learning styles. It develops awareness, engages critical thinking skills and promotes constructive action. These materials are available by attending an educator workshop. Information and supplementary resources are posted on the PLT website,

See how PLT’s hands-on activities support forest ecology field investigations. This workshop is oriented toward upper elementary and middle school educators.

PLT in Massachusetts is sponsored by the Department of Conservation & Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

Project Learning Tree workshop @ Borderland State Park Visitors Center
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Walpole Town Forest Celebration @ Turco Field, Walpole High School
May 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Walpole Town Forest was the 2nd town forest established in Massachusetts and will be 100 years old in 2016!  The town forest will also be celebrating its 40th year of Tree Farm certification in 2016.

A Town Forest Celebration will be held in Walpole on May 1st with exhibits, demonstrations, and other events.  The Town Forest Committee plans to distribute 1,000 white pine seedlings for planting.

Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo @ Champlain Valley Exposition
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – May 7 @ 5:00 pm

The 2016 Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo will be held at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction Vermont from May 5th to May 7th.

For more information, see

Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Workshop @ Walnut Hill Woods
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Franklin Land Trust will offer a Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Workshop to highlight one of the region’s most vivid displays of spring wildflowers at Walnut Hill Woods in Buckland. Participants will learn to identify a variety of spring flowers, understand the historical significance of certain wildflowers, and identify the roles of specific plants in the landscape. 

Glenn Motzkin is a freelance ecologist and botanist whose work focuses on the dynamics of uncommon plant communities, patterns of species distribution, and regional conservation planning in New England. He teaches ecology and conservation at The Conway School, and is a member of the Board of Editor’s of Northeastern Naturalist. Previously, he worked as plant ecologist at Harvard Forest and as landscape ecologist for the BioMap2 project.

Pre-register before May 4th by contacting Linda Alvord, 413-625-9151 or


Forestry Herbicides webinar @ online
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Penn State Extension will hold 2 one-hour Forestry Herbicides: Principles & Recent Research webinars on May 10th at noon and 7 p.m.

Forestry labeled herbicides are a low risk and effective means of controlling undesirable forest vegetation in hardwood forestry. They can be used for achieving many objectives including: establishing desirable regeneration, increasing tree growth and timber production, creating and enhancing wildlife habitat, and controlling non-native/invasive plants. 

This presentation by David Jackson from Penn State will highlight forestry herbicide application methods, products, and treatment guidelines for controlling interfering vegetation as well as provide an update on a number of forest management herbicide research projects.

For more information or to register for a webinar, go to


Forester Licensing Board meeting @ Holdsworth Hall Room 312A
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board will hold its next meeting on May 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Room 312A in Holdsworth Hall at UMass Amherst.

Songbird Habitat at Haskell Farm @ Haskell Farm
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This easy field walk and discussion will highlight the forestry and habitat management work done on the Haskell Farm, where landowner Steve Hayes has spent decades managing his woodlands for wildlife habitat. Listen for songbirds as you tour young forests and grasslands that provide critical food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Mass Audubon, MA DCR’s Service Forester, and Steve Hayes’s consulting forester will be on hand to share information about why certain wildlife species are declining, forest management practices that enhance wildlife habitat, and new cost share programs available to help you manage your woods for wildlife.

The Western Mass Woodlands for Wildlife program is a regional partnership between MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Audubon, the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. Together, these organizations are providing expertise, assistance and funding necessary for you to manage your woodlands for wildlife.

Free and open to all.

Pre-registration is requested. Call 625-9151 or email melissa@masswoodlands for more information, directions, or to register.

Massachusetts Forest Forum @ Harvard Forest
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Pine Fest: Pine Barrens Celebration @ Charge Pond Pavillion, Myles Standish State Forest
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 2016 Pine Fest will be held by the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance at the Charge Pond Pavillion at Myles Standish State Forest in Carver on May 21st from 10 am to 4 pm

For information, see