Chestnut Orchard Work bee @ Land's Sake
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Mass Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will hold a Seed Orchard workbee at Land’s Sake on Crescent Street in Weston on Saturday, May 28th from 9 am to 1 pm.

For information, call Lois at 774-745-0386.

To sign up for the workbee, go to

Cordwood Boilers webinar @ online
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council will host a one-hour Cordwood Boilers: Success Stories in Commercial Applications webinar on June 1st from 1 to 2 pm EDT.

This free discussion will provide four brief case studies of successful installation of cord wood boiler systems at Fort Faith, YMCA Storer Camp, Michigan Technological University’s Ford Forestry Center, and Harvard Forest. Each presentation will provide an overview of the facility, images of the installation, a description of the costs and savings associated with the project, and details about owner feedback, lessons learned, and operating issues.

The event will close with a Q&A session featuring representatives from all four facilities, as well as consultants experienced with wood energy systems. This session will offer an opportunity for potential project owners to ask questions of both experienced project owners and biomass consultants regarding project implementation, costs, design, operations, and other considerations.

To take part in the webinar, register at:

Profitable Operation of Small Sawmills workshop @ Wood Education & Resource Center
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Small sawmill operations can be successful when producing sufficient volume with quality sawing.  All species are needed to make quality value-added wood products like cabinets, furniture, millwork and construction lumber.

Classroom lectures cover equipment currently available for small sawmill and lumber drying operations, how to saw for improving hardwood lumber grades, basics of the
hardwood lumber grading system, lumber drying basics, heating a kiln with a stick wood water stove, profitable business and marketing strategies, and how to make value-added
products beyond green and kiln dried lumber.  Business topics will also be covered.

Lunch is Provided in Registration Fee!

This workshop focuses on these areas:

  •  Small sawmills and shops powered with diesel and gas engines, and single phase power
  •  How to saw for grade and an introduction to the hardwood lumber grading system
  •  How to properly dry lumber, including solar dry kilns
  •  How to set up a business that can make value-added products like cabinets, furniture and millwork
  •  How to make money with a small sawmill operation
  •  Preventing stain and other forms of degrade that lose money
  •  Reports from successful small sawmill operators
Equipment vendors are invited to set up exhibits and offer demonstrations.
To register online, go to
Registration costs $30 per attendee before May 23rd, $40 per attendee after May 23rd.
Logging Emergencies Workshop @ Blue Meadow Conference Center
Jun 2 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Do you know what to do if someone gets hurt or becomes sick working in the woods?  What steps could you take beforehand to make getting help for a woods emergency easier and faster?  What should you do until help arrives?

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance will hold a one-day Preparing for Emergencies in the Woods workshop at the Blue Meadow Conference Center at the Quabbin Reservation on Route 9 in Belchertown on Thursday, June 2nd from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Cost of the workshop is $50 for MFA members, $100 for non-members.  Members may also bring one guest at the $50 member rate.

Medical emergencies can happen at any time in the woods.  For that reason, OSHA logging regulations require that all woods workers be trained in basic first aid and CPR.

The MFA workshop will explain:

  • How to prepare for woods emergencies
  • Supplies to keep on the job site
  • How to get help quickly to the scene
  • Basic First Aid and CPR training
  • What you can do before help arrives

The workshop will be led by a local paramedic and former licensed harvester.


The workshop has been approved for 5.0 Mass Timber Harvester continuing education credits, 2.0 Connecticut FPA credits, 5.25 Mass Forester CFEs in Category I, and 5.0 SAF credits in Category II.


To register for the workshop, email or call 617 455-9918.  Deadline for registration is May 31st.


Identifying Freshwater Wetlands Training 2: Identifying Inland Wetland Soils @ French Hall, University of Massachusetts
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

In Training 2 of the Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape series, participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field, including soil texture, color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/non-wetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Training Session I of this series or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

This 2-part workshop series is useful to land surveyors, foresters, landscapers, arborists, and anyone who needs to be able to identify the presence of freshwater wetlands in the landscape. Instructor: Dr. Deborah Henson, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Cost: $100. If registering for both sessions, total cost: $190 (plus text). Pre-registration required, as space is limited.

Required Text: Field Guide to Non-tidal Wetland Identification, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr. Cost: $25 additional for text. (When registering, indicate if you need to purchase a copy of this guide.)


Online registrations include an additional service fee.

For more information, see:

Mass Wildlife 150th Anniversary Open House @ Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This year, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Join us at an open house at our new Field Headquarters in Westborough on June 4th as we commemorate a century and a half of conservation. Our successes in fish and wildlife conservation over time could not have been realized without you- our valued partners and volunteers. We hope you are able to join us as we celebrate our joint accomplishments and look toward the future of conservation in Massachusetts. 

 The open house is perfect for families and will feature interactive displays, demonstrations, kids crafts, guided nature walks, live animals, and hands-on activities like archery, casting, and simulated target shooting. Bring your family, neighbors, and friends- all are welcome!

Other 150th Anniversary events, including a Speaker Series, have been scheduled throughout the year in various parts of the state; find out more at

We look forward to seeing you on June 4th! 

Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Riverbend Farm Visitor Center
Jun 4 @ 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 Riverbend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge, MA on Saturday, June 4th, 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, call Gini Traub at 413 584-6788 or email  

American Chestnut Restoration Presentation @ Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Mass Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will hold a presentation about the restoration of American Chestnuts and a seed orchard tour at Mass Wildlife’s 150th birthday celebration at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters on Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough on June 4th from 7 to 8:30 pm.

For information, call Lois at 774-745-0386


Timber Harvester License Exam @ DCR Regional Office, Myles Standish S F
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The DCR Southeast Region Timber Harvester’s License Exam will be held at DCR Regional HQ in South Carver at 10 am on June 7th

Timber Harvester Chapter 132 Update @ Assabet River Wildlife Refuge
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mass DCR will hold a Chapter 132 Update workshop for Timber Harvesters at the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury on June 7th from 2 to 5 pm

The workshop will feature a review of the Chapter 132 Forest Cutting Practices Act regulations, and updates from the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

To attend the workshop, register by calling Mike Downey at 617 438-9097 or Laura Dooley at 978 937-2094 x112