Events

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.

May
7
Thu
National Firewood Workshop @ Rice Extension Center
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

An all-day workshop for firewood producers will be held at the Rice Extension Center in Voorheesville, New York on May 7, 2015.

For more information, see www.na.fs.fed.us/werc

May
12
Tue
Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers @ Cersosimo Lumber
May 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Vermont Professional Logger Program (LEAP) will hold a Strengthening What’s Already There business innovation workshop for loggers at Cersosimo Lumber in Brattleboro on May 12th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The all day workshop will teach loggers to innovate, manage time, improve their work processes, strengthen their employee engagement and analyze logging job costs, using examples of the most successful logging contractors in the Northern Forest.

Cost of the workshop is $35 including lunch.  For information about the workshop, contact the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program at 802 828-1098.

To register for the workshop, send your name and a $35 check made out to VTLEAP to Logger Education to Advance Professionalism, 41 Northrup Road, Middletown Springs, VT 05757

Biomass & Wood Heating Facilities Bylaw Hearing @ Greenfield Inspection/Enforcement Department
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Greenfield Town Council’s Economic Development Committee and the Planning Board will hold a joint public hearing on Tuesday, May 12th, at 6 p.m. to consider the proposed new section to the Greenfield Zoning Ordinance, 200 – 7.19 Biomass and Wood Burning Facilities.  This section would regulate any new or existing commercial biomass facilities located in Greenfield for thermal, electric, or combined heat & power use.

The hearing will be held at the Inspections/Enforcement Department at 20 Sanderson Street, 2nd floor in Greenfield.

Copies of the proposed zoning section may be obtained from the Town Clerk  at 14 Court Square during normal business hours, or by calling 413 772-1555, x6163.

The proposed section may be considered by the Greenfield Town Council at its May 20th meeting at 7 pm at the GCTV studio at 393 Main Street.

May
13
Wed
Spring Forest Bird Walk @ Reid property
May 13 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Franklin Land Trust will hold a Spring Forest Bird Tour on the Reid property in Leyden on Wednesday, May 13th from 7:30 to 9:30 am.  FLT’s Josh Morse will lead the tour which will look and listen for newly arrived migrating birds in a forested habitat.

To register, call Linda Alvord at 413 625-9151

May
16
Sat
Migrating Bird & Forest Tour @ Ruane property
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Opacum Land Trust and the Mass Forest Alliance are sponsoring a spring bird walk and forest tour at Frank & Lucy Ruane’s property in Brimfield on Saturday, May 16th at 9 am.  The Ruane’s woodland was severely damaged by the 2011 tornado.  Participants can see how the Ruane’s woodland has recovered following post-tornado salvage operations compared to the adjacent Brimfield State Forest.

Participants should dress for the weather conditions and bring bug spray for ticks.

For other information, see www.opacumlt.org

May
19
Tue
2015 Tree Farm Assessment visits @ 15 Tree Farms around state
May 19 @ 8:00 am – May 21 @ 5:00 pm

15 Massachusetts Tree Farms will be visited between May 19th and May 21st as part of the 2015 Massachusetts Tree Farm assessment.  Tree Farms to be visited stretch from Hancock in Berkshire County to Marlborough in Worcester County.

Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee meeting @ Berkshire East ski lodge
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee will meet at Berkshire East’s new lodge in Charlemont on Tuesday, May 19th, from 6 to 8 pm

May
21
Thu
Woodland Connections for Women @ Williams property
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come join other women for some enjoyable time in the woods on a nature walk with naturalist Laurie Sanders, host of NPR’s Field Notes, followed by an informal exchange of questions, problems and strategies for owning, managing and planning for your land.  The walk will be followed by a light lunch.

Space is limited so register by calling Wendy Ferris at 413 625-9151 x111 or email wferris@franklinlandtrust.org .  Directions to the walk will be provided upon registration

May
28
Thu
Forester Licensing Board meeting @ Shaler Hall
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Forester Licensing Board will hold its next meeting at Shaler Hall at Harvard Forest on May 28th from 6 to 9 pm.