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.
Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a PLT Workshop for Pre k – grade 8 educators at the Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, MA on August 19th from 9 am to 1 pm.
This PLT workshop combines hands-on; minds-on activities with topics in Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts and Math. Come try out, discuss, and apply them to your teaching situation.
Each participant will receive a curriculum guide and other materials, as well as a certificate. PDPs are also available.
To register, contact Gini Traub at 413 584-6788 or email email@example.com
Massachusetts Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the Department of Conservation & Recreation and the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.
Harvard Forest in Petersham will hold its annual Forest Ecology Training Institute for Grade 4 – 12 teachers on August 20th from 9 am to 3 pm.
The Schoolyard Ecology Training Institute’s programs help teachers learn how to implement field studies related to local ecosystems, invasive species and climate change on their school grounds or neighboring properties. Students make observations of trees or woodlands near their schools, then record and submit their data to Harvard Forest as part of ongoing efforts to measure changes in our environment.
Participating teachers can choose between three different areas of concentration:
- Buds, Leaves and Global warming
- Our Changing Forest
- Wooly Bully: the Invasive Pest, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
For more information or to register, see http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/sites/harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/files/HF%20teacher%20registration-2015-3.pdf
Cost of the workshop is $50 per person including all materials.
The American Tree Farm System will hold a Monarch Butterfly Recovery webinar on August 20th at 1 pm EDT. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor from Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas. The webinar will discuss 2 programs that have been started to develop habitat for monarch butterflies during their long migrations.
To participate in the webinar, go to www.treefarmsystem.org/atfswebinars.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation is offering a free 2-day chainsaw safety training workshop to eligible forest landowners in the North Quabbin Region at Skyfields Arboretum in Athol on August 29th & 30th. The workshop will be taught by an instructor from Northeast Woodland Training Inc. The workshop is being held in partnership with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and the U.S. Forest Service.
Students will gain experience in the safe operation of chainsaws during tree felling and other activities. The course will include safety planning, protective equipment needs, directional tree felling, chainsaw maintenance, chain sharpening, and how to mitigate spring poles. No prior chainsaw experience is required.
- landowners must be at least 18 years old
- must own a minimum of 10 acres of woodland
- their woodlands must be within one of 21 towns in the North Quabbin region
- participants must register by August 15, 2015
For information and to register, see:
The Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board will meet on Wednesday, September 9th, from 6 to 9 pm at Shaler Hall at Harvard Forest in Petersham.
The Massachusetts Foresters Council will hold its fall workshops and members meeting at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on September 10th from 3:30 to 9 pm.
Although the final agenda has not been set, expected topics include updates on the Northern Long-eared Bat and its effect on forest operations, updates on legislation, a presentation by the American Chestnut Foundation, and a possible presentation on double point sampling. There is also expected to be an update on changes at DCR and possibly an opportunity to meet the new DCR Commissioner.
Continuing Forestry Education Credits will be available for this meeting.
Further information including the cost will be posted as it becomes available.
The 2015 Tree Farm Field Day will be held at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton on Saturday, September 19th, from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The event will feature woodland tours, equipment demonstrations and tours of different land practices at Dicken Crane’s Holiday Brook Tree Farm. The Field Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Tree Farm Program, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Berkshire Conservation District.
Further information including cost to attend, the program schedule, and directions will be posted when it becomes available.
The Massachusetts Tree Farm Program will hold an Inspectors Training workshop for foresters at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on Thursday, October 8th, from 8:30 am to 2 pm. The workshop will qualify participating foresters to certify Tree Farms under the 2015 – 2020 AFF Tree Farm Standards.
Lunch is included in the $25 cost. Foresters will get continuing forestry education credits for completing the workshop.
The Massachusetts Tree Farm Committee will meet at Brewmasters Tavern in Williamsburg at 3 pm on October 15th to discuss whether the Tree Farm program should be based on certification or recognition.