Timber Income Tax Refresher for Foresters & Landowners @ The Rocks Estate
Jun 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

UNH Cooperative Extension will hold a Timber Income Tax Refresher for Foresters & Landowners workshop at The Rocks Estate, 4 Christmas Lane in Bethlehem, NH on June 30th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Dr. Tamara Cushing, a tax expert from Oregon State University, and Andy Fast from UNH Extension will provide an overview and review of current laws and rules on federal timber income and estate taxes.  Dr. Cushing will give an introduction to income taxation, establishment of basis accounts, deduction versus capitalization of expenditures, timber sales and calculation of gain on the sales, cost-share payments, and other timber related income and record-keeping requirements.

Andy Fast will introduce the Timber Basis Decision Model with a brief outdoor activity.

The Cost for the workshop is $45, including refreshments, course materials and lunch.  The workshop has been approved for 4.5 category I SAF CFE credits.

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Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Notch Visitors Center
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

plt_logoMassachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a Pre K – 8 Curriculum Workshop at the Notch Visitors Center in Amherst on July 15th from 9 am to 1 pm.  Cost of the workshop is $20 including materials.

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.

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

For questions or to pre-register by July 8, please contact or call 413 584-6788.

Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course @ Livestock Evaluation Center
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm

Instruction at the Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course will include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Wood moisture relations, kiln operation, lumber handling and storage, and drying schedule preparation will be emphasized in relation to drying of hardwood lumber.

This is a basic course designed for:

  • Kiln Operator Trainees
  • Plant Managers
  • Supervisors

No previous drying experience or training is necessary.

This workshop is being held in partnership with the  Keystone Kiln Drying Association

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Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Brookwood Community Farm
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

plt_logoMassachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a Secondary Modules workshop at the Brookwood Community Farm in Canton on July 22nd from 10 am to 2:30 pm

PLT’s Focus on Forests, and Forests of the World modules see to engage students in the questions: What is “a forest”? What do forests “mean” and how are they “used” across different cultures? The workshops will show how foresters in the U.S. inventory and assess forest health.

Participants will receive the Focus on Forests and the Forests of the World modules and supplementary resources to use in their classrooms.

For questions or to register, please contact, or call 413/584-6788.  Registration is due by July 15th.

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

Commercial Scale Wood Heat and Air Quality Impacts @ Olver Transportation Center
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is commercial-scale wood heat and how does it potentially affect air quality?

That is the subject of a workshop being held by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments at the Olver Transportation Center in Greenfield on July 26th from 6 to 8 pm.

Among the topics that will be discussed are:

  •  What are the air emissions & air quality impacts of commercial scale wood heat facilities and how do they compare to other fuels
  •       How are wood heating systems regulated?
  •      What are best practices for installation and best available control technologies to minimize emissions?
  •      Are there standards for the composition of wood pellets or wood chips used in wood heat boilers?
  •      How is the ash from these facilities typically disposed of?
Presenters will include:
 Dr. Richard Peltier, UMass Amherst Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences
 Mr. Marc Wolman, MassDEP Environmental Engineer – Branch Chief for Regulations and Permits, Air Pollution Control Program
To register, please e-mail or call (413) 774-3167 x100
Your Land Your Legacy webinar @ online
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The American Tree Farm System will hold its monthly Your Land Your Legacy webinar on Thursday, July 28th, at 2 pm EDT

The topic of this month’s webinar has not been released yet.


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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.