Maple Tour & Picnic @ Holiday Brook Farm
Aug 7 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

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


10:30 am                    Sugarhouse Tour – see Holiday Farm’s energy efficient evaporator,  RO and other improvements

 11 am                         General Farm tour – Holiday Farm includes forest production, organic vegetables, hay production, grass fed beef, lambs and pastured pork, and a large composting operation

 11:30  am                   Woods Tour – Participants can take a hay ride to a woodland which was harvested to both salvage ash and regenerate sugar maple for management as a future sugarbush.                  Dicken Crane will explain what was done and how well it has worked

 12:30 pm                    Picnic lunch of barbecued pork and chicken, sides and dessert

The Maple Tour has been approved for 2.0 Forester licensing credits and 2.0 Mass Timber Harvester credits. 

The tour and picnic costs $25 per person, with a registration deadline of July 21st.

To sign up for the tour, call Annette at 617 455-9918 or email



Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association Annual Meeting @ Ioka Valley Farm
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association will hold its Annual Meeting at Rob & Missy Leab’s Ioka Valley Farm on Route 43 in Hancock, MA on August 13th from 8 am to 2 pm

The meeting will feature a short talk by Jim Rockis on the Christmas Tree Promotion Board from 9:30 to 10.  This will be followed by presentations and a field tour by Dr. Nicholas Brazee  from UMass and Tawny Simisky from UMass Extension who will discuss common diseases and insect issues for conifers grown for commercial sale.  They will discuss needlecasts, stem and trunk cankers, root rot and rusts, and insect pests including aphids, adelgids and midges affecting spruce and fir.

The meeting has been approved for 3 pesticide license credits.

Following the morning program, there will be a lunch featuring Ioka Farm roast beef with Maple BBQ sauce sandwiches.   Participants should bring their own chairs.

The Association’s business meeting will be held from 1:30 to 2 pm.

To register, send your name and check for those attending at $20 per adult, $50 per family made out to MCTA to Jim Colburn, 104 West Main Street, Merrimac, MA 01860 by August 8th.

Public Tour of Proposed Quabbin Forestry Projects @ DCR Field Office
Aug 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Department of Conservation & Recreation will hold a public tour of proposed forestry projects at the Quabbin Reservation on Monday, August 15th from 3 to 6 p.m.

Participants should meet at the DCR New Salem Field Office at 21 Elm Street in New Salem.  Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to walk in rough terrain.


Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Brookwood Community Farm
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

plt_logoMassachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold an Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, PreK-K module workshop at the Brookwood Community Farm in Canton on Saturday, August 20th, from 10 am to 1:30 pm.

PLT’s Early Childhood curriculum connects young children with the natural world by building on what’s already familiar.  It consists of both teacher-led and self-guided experiences that incorporate reading, dramatic play, art and other pre-school features.  The curriculum is organized around the senses, the seasons, and neighborhood trees.   It is intended to pique curiosity, build awareness and vocabulary while honoring creativity.

Project Learning Tree® is an award-winning environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance. All curriculum is carefully developed and tested with input from practicing educators, university faculty, and natural resource professionals.  PLT has won numerous awards for excellence.

For information about PLT, see

For information about the workshop or to register, call Gini Traub at 413 584-6788 or email    Registration is due by August 13th.

Our Changing Forests Summer Institute for Teachers @ Harvard Forest
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm

Want to get your students OUTSIDE doing REAL SCIENCE in alignment with NGSS and current state Science and Math standards?

Harvard Forest’s Schoolyard Ecology Program will hold an Our Changing Forests Summer Institute for grade 7 – 12 teachers on August 25 – 26th.  Participants will be asked to join Harvard Forest’s network of New England schools whose pupils investigate how local forests are growing and changing over time.

The Schoolyard Ecology Program is made up of a team of ecologists, a data manager, program coordinator, and a network of Middle and High School teachers and approximately 200 students.  The program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and private foundations.

As part of the program, students observe, measure, and record data in woods near your school, to be shared online.   Professional scientists and a project coach and coordinator support teachers throughout the school year.  This is a concrete way to instill Scientific Practices and Data Literacy into your curriculum.

This year’s Summer Institute will be held at Harvard Forest in Petersham on Thursday, August 25th and Friday, August 26th, from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Participating teachers get the following resources:

  • Scientific project protocol and resources developed and guided by Harvard Forest Ecologists and Education staff.
  • Special guided talk and walk with Tom Wessels, author of “Reading the Forested Landscape
  • All field materials, teacher notebook  are provided.
  • Project Coach will visit your field site at your school  to help set up your “schoolyard” field site and answer your school specific questions.
  • Program coordinator, Ecologists, and Data Manager support teachers and students throughout the school year as needed.
  • Free optional follow-up professional develop workshops in Winter 2016 and Spring 2017.  Teachers delve deeper into working with project data and implementing science practices.

Participating teachers will:

  • Attend 2 day Summer Institute.
  • Lead their grade 7-12 students in a field investigation in walking distance to your school with at least 2 field visits in Fall, 2016.
  • Submit field data to our simple online database.

To apply for the Summer Institute:

Registration Form:    Changing Forests Summer Institute Reg Form.pdf<>

For more information, contact Schoolyard Ecology Program Coordinator Pamela Snow at

Registration  Deadline is  June 12, 2016


Forester Licensing Board @ Holdsworth Hall Room 312A
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Forester Licensing Board will hold its next meeting on September 7th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Holdsworth Hall at UMass — Amherst.

Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee @ Berkshire East ski lodge
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee will meet at the Berkshire East ski lodge in Charlemont on October 4th from 6 to 8 pm.

Managing Massachusetts Forests: Conservation, Stewardship & Regulation @ Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions will hold its fall conference on Managing Massachusetts Forests: Conservation, Stewardship & Regulation, at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College on October 29, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The conference will provide information about:

  • Wetlands Protection Act requirements for forestry
  • Forest Cutting Practices regulations
  • MOU between Mass DEP and DCR for forests and wetlands protection
  • Working with foresters and conservation commissions
  • Forest Management
  • Forestry BMPs
  • Ecological functions and values of forests that require protection
  • Managing forests for environmental stewardship and conservation goals
CFE credits are expected for Mass licensed foresters and timber harvesters
Cost of the conference is $95 for MACC members, $105 for Government staff, $45 for students, and $120 for others