Events

Aug
31
Wed
75th Anniversary Tree Farm Tour @ just north of Devon Lane Farm Supply
Aug 31 @ 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm

W.D. Cowls, Inc. and the Massachusetts Tree Farm Program are hosting a Tree Farm tour at Cowls’ Great Hills Forest in Belchertown to commemorate the American Tree Farm System’s 75th anniversary, and Cowls’ 275th anniversary on Wednesday, August 31st, from 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm.

Cowls’ forester Jacob Macko will lead the tour of the 300-acre Great Hills Forest to show recent even-aged oak and hardwood management.  The tour will also examine recent gypsy moth defoliation, long-term forest management options, and the Best Management Practices Cowls has used to protect streams and wetlands on the property.

The American Tree Farm System was begun in 1941 to encourage private landowners to better manage their woodlands.  W.D. Cowls, one of the oldest businesses in Massachusetts, got its start in Amherst in 1741, and is now the state’s largest private landowner.

The tour will meet along Route 202 just north of Devon Lane Farm Supply which is located at 357 Daniel Shays Highway in Belchertown at 5:15 pm on August 31st.

The tour will be held rain or shine, so participants should dress for the weather, and wear boots and bug spray.

For more information, contact Jake Macko at 413 272-5365 or email timber@cowls.com

Sep
7
Wed
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.

Sep
13
Tue
Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course @ Livestock Evaluation Center
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm

Penn State Extension is holding a Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course at the Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA from September 13 to 16, 2016.  Cost of the course is $400 per person.

The Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course is designed to benefit anyone involved in the lumber industry who needs a basic understanding of hardwood lumber grades.

Ideal for the Following:

  • Graders & Sawyers
  • Those who edge or end trim lumber
  • Lumber Buyers & Rough-Mill Managers
  • Sales Representatives

This course will cover and explain the NHLA hardwood lumber grades and will offer hands-on grading of hardwood lumber.

For information or to register, see http://www.cvent.com/events/hardwood-lumber-grading-short-course/event-summary-562c42b9e1334ce09883d0bb5294059c.aspx

 

Sep
15
Thu
Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Brookwood Community Farm
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a Pre K – 8 Curriculum Workshop with a Forest Ecology Focus at the Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, MA on September 15th from 10 am to 2 pm.

PLT’s K-8 Curriculum is multidisciplinary, provides information via age-appropriate, hands-on minds-on activities, and builds critical thinking skills. Activities are easily adaptable and flexible for the teacher and engaging for students.  Enjoy the collegial atmosphere while participating in and discussing activities with peers.

Cost of the workshop is $20, including the Pre K-8 curriculum guide and supporting materials.

For questions or to pre-register by September 8, please contact Gini.Traub@state.ma.us or call 413/584-6788

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

Sep
17
Sat
Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day @ Stutzman Tree Farm
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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The 2017 Massachusetts Tree Farm Field Day will be held at Nancy & Byron Stutzman’s Flat Brook Tree Farm on Old Poor Farm Road in Ware on Saturday, September 17th, from 9 am to 4 pm

The Field Day will include a tour of the Stutzman’s 570 acre Tree Farm, some short informational programs, the annual Tree Farm lunch, and the presentation of the 2017 Tree Farmer of the Year award.  Cost of the Field Day including lunch is $20 per person.

More information about the Field Day will be posted as it becomes available

 

Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Visitors Center
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

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Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood workshop at the Purgatory Chasm Visitors Center on Saturday, September 17th, 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. 

The workshop costs $15 including the Early Childhood Curriculum guide.

For questions, or to pre-register by September 10, please contact Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, or call 413/584-6788

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

Sep
25
Sun
Massachusetts Town Forest Conference @ North Brookfield Elementary School
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 2016 Massachusetts Town Forest Conference will be held at the North Brookfield Elementary School in North Brookfield on Sunday, September 25th, from 9 am to 4 pm

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Oct
4
Tue
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.

Oct
29
Sat
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