Welcome to the Massachusetts Forest Alliance Events Calendar!
Here you can easily navigate the calendar below to view MFA events, meetings and workshops. In addition to MFA sponsored events, we also list other workshops and meetings hosted by third party organizations relevant to our membership. To find out more about an event, simply click on it for complete details. To search events by category, click on the ‘Categories’ button to select which categories to turn on and off.
The Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board will hold its next quarterly meeting at Room 312A in Holdsworth Hall at UMass — Amherst on December 2nd from 6 to 9 pm.
Paul Catanzaro from the UMass Extension Forest Conservation program, Jennifer Fish from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Attorney Doug Muir will participate in a panel workshop on how cities and towns can preserve working farms and forests in their communities through Chapter 61.
The program will be held twice, from noon to 2 pm and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on December 3rd
For information or to register, email Hannah Wilbur at Hannah@ecga.org
The Massachusetts Forest Alliance (MFA) and New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) have set up the 2015 Northeast Regional Forest Industry and Landowner Association gathering on December 3 and 4 in Greenfield, MA. This meeting, generously supported by Farm Credit East, began two years ago as an informal gathering of organizations in New England and New York to discuss state and federal forest policy issues and training needs. The meeting is by invitation, but all MFA members are encouraged to provide input about what they see as critical issues and training needs. Please contact Charlie Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide input.
Thursday, December 3rd
1:30 – 5:00 pm Timber sale and sawmill tour
- Timber Sale – visit an active harvest site in Bernardston, MA. Markets and the regulatory context will be discussed.
- Sawmill – we will tour Cersosimo Lumber’s Brattleboro, VT mill complex. Topics will include: business regulations, logging capacity, lumber and log markets.
5:00 – 5:30pm Travel to Greenfield
6:00 pm Group Dinner
Friday, December 4th –
7:30-8:30 am Continental Breakfast- Hampton Inn and Suites
8:30 – 10:30 am Landowner and industry training – Each state will provide a brief overview of their 2015 training program and provide highlights of 2016 plans. Following the updates we will discuss training needs and identify areas where states can work collaboratively to meet these needs.
10:45 – Noon National Policy Issues (Chip Murray, policy counsel with the National Alliance of Forest Owners) – Subjects to include the Northern Long Eared Bat – ESA listing, Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
Noon – 1pm Lunch, We can continue our National policy discussion and discuss how to collaborate more on these issues.
1pm – 3:30pm State Policy Issues and strategies – Each state will provide a brief overview of their proposed 2016 policy initiatives and other prospective issues.
Kyle Stephens, Arborist, Arnold Arboretum, will help you learn to identify deciduous trees during their dormant season. Looking at specific character combinations, you will determine the genus and species of several types of trees in the Boston area.
Class begins indoors with a discussion of basic classification techniques and continues outside to the Arboretum grounds to examine a variety of trees. This class is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both classroom and outdoor learning. A hand lens may be helpful, but is not necessary.
Sessions meet on December 5th and December 12th from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
Register at www.my.arboretum.harvard.edu
Penn State Extension will hold 2 one-hour webinars on Top Issues Faced by Woodland Owners on December 8th at noon and 7 pm.
Jim Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Management and Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State will look at the some of the top issues identified through surveys and discussions with Pennsylvania woodland owners.
For more information or to register, go to www.extension.psu.edu/natural-resources./forest/private
The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee will meet at the new lodge at Berkshire East on December 8th from 6 to 8 pm.
The Massachusetts Tree Farm committee will hold its quarterly meeting at Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg on December 10th at 3 pm.
The American Forest Foundation will hold a one-hour Map Your Land and Other Tools for Landowners webinar on December 15th from 1 to 2 pm.
Thousands of woodland owners have created a free account on MyLandPlan.org. They use the site to create high quality maps of their land including all the features that are important to them. The site can also help you set the goals you have for your land and recommend activities to help you achieve those goals. You can track your progress with the task list tool and use the forest journal to record and share memories with your family.
Join us for this webinar to learn all about MyLandPlan.org, your one stop site for everything related to your woodlands by going to www.treefarmsystem.org/atfswebinars
With invasive species posing more problems on woodland than can possibly all be solved at once, how can landowners decide when and how to act?
Penn State Extension will hold 2 one-hour Why are Invasives Successful webinars on January 12th at noon and 7 pm.
It is a safe bet that every parcel of privately owned forest land in Pennsylvania has multiple invasive species. With these invasive species posing more problems than can possibly all be solved at once, how can landowners decide when and how to act? Norris Muth, Associate Professor of Biology, Juniata College will discuss some ways to prioritize and make management decisions towards reducing the impact of invasive species.
For more information or to register, go to www.extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/private