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
Do you own land? Do you want to protect it from being taken over by invasive plants?
The North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership and the Department of Conservation & Recreation will hold an Invasive Species Management Workshop at the Templeton State Forest on October 29th from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
This workshop will teach you the tools and techniques to treat and remove invasive species from your land.
Join Dr. Dan Herms, from Ohio State University, as he provides an one hour webinar update about Emerald Ash Borer, discusses the ecology of an EAB invasion, and outlines future research directions regarding this invasive pest of importance. The webinar will be held from noon to 1 pm on November 3rd.
To participate in the webinar, visit: www.joinwebinar.com and enter the code 553-335-555.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation will hold a Quabbin Watershed Forest Management Tour on Saturday, November 5th, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center in Belchertown.
The tour will show the conversion of a planted red pine forest killed by red pine scale to a diverse natural woodland.
Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Insect repellant to combat ticks is recommended.
Rain/snow date will be November 6th at the same time.
The Massachusetts Tree Farm committee will holds its quarterly meeting at Brewmasters Tavern in Williamsburg on November 9th from 3 to 5 pm.
The Massachusetts Wood Producers Council will hold its fall meeting and dinner at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on November 10th from 4 to 8 pm.
The meeting will feature:
- a presentation from Averill Cook from Biomass Commodities about an English system to produce higher energy wood chips,
- a discussion by new DCR Utilization & Marketing Forester Sean Mahoney about the new Walden Pond Visitors Center and how to use DCR’s new 728 Contract to increase state purchases of local wood products,
- and a discussion about the proposed Alternative Portfolio Standards’ regulations governing eligibility for Renewable Energy Credits for different wood fuels.
There will also be an update on current legislative and policy topics.
Cost of the meeting and dinner is $30 for MFA members, $50 for non-members. To register, call Annette Belanger at 617 455-9918 or email Annette@massforestalliance.org
Continuing education credits will be available for foresters and timber harvesters.
The Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board will hold its quarterly meeting on December 7th at 6:30 pm at Holdsworth Hall, Room 312A at UMass Amherst