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.

Sep
23
Tue
Climate Change & Southern New England Forests Workshop @ Student Union Ballroom
Sep 23 @ 2:30 pm – Sep 23 @ 11:00 pm

Natural resource professionals face the tremendous challenge of developing and implementing conservation and management actions that help ecosystems respond to climate change.  This workshop will:

  • Provide information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on Southern New England and its forests
  • Describe resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into resource conservation
  • Outline adaptation concepts and strategies in the context of sustainable forest management
  • Identify actions that enhance the ability of forests and other ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions

Registration is required.

Ash Borer Quarantine Meeting @ Arnold Arboretum Visitors Center
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

DCR, DAR, and APHIS will hold a public meeting at Arnold Arboretum to discuss the establishment of a quarantine on the movement of ash trees, logs, lumber and firewood following the discovery of the invasive insect, emerald ash borer, in Boston recently.

Sep
24
Wed
Forest Conservation Due Diligence Grant Workshop @ Greenfield Public Library
Sep 24 @ 12:30 am – 2:30 am

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Conservation Due Diligence Program will hold an informational program for forest landowners who are considering permanently protecting their woodlands about potential grants of up to $8,700 to cover the real estate transaction costs associated with land conservation.  Grants can be used to pay for legal fees, recording fees, appraisals, title exams, surveys and environmental assessment costs.

This grant program is only open to landowners in 81 eligible towns who have previously attended a DCR Working Forest Initiative event and who conserve at least 10 acres of woodlands.

Forest Adaptation for Climate Change Planning & Practices Training @ to be determined
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 10:30 pm

An active, hands-on Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training will be  held  on September 24 for a limited number of participants. Natural resource managers will incorporate climate change considerations and identify actions for adaptation into their own real-world forest management projects. 

For more information, see www.forestadaptation.org

Sep
25
Thu
DCR Pre-Harvest Tour @ Dubuque State Forest
Sep 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

DCR forester Nick Anzuoni will lead a tour of a planned 100-acre timber harvest in Dubuque State Forest.  Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shows.

Tour will meet at the SCA Camp on Route 8A at the Hawley/Plainfield line.

Sep
26
Fri
DCR Pre-Harvest Tour @ October Mountain State Forest
Sep 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

DCR forester Kris Massini will lead a tour of a planned 250-acre timber sale at October Mountain State Forest.  Participants should wear suitable clothing for the weather and sturdy shoes.  The tour includes a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike to the harvest area, partly over rugged terrain.

Directions:     From junction of Route 20 and Route 8, travel north on Route 8 for 5 miles toward Becket Center.  Turn left onto County Road and travel 5.4 miles on County Road following the signs for the forest tour.

Sep
27
Sat
Forest Conservation Due Diligence Grant Workshop @ Merriam-Gilbert Public Library
Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Conservation Due Diligence Program will hold an informational program for forest landowners who are considering permanently protecting their woodlands about potential grants of up to $8,700 to cover the real estate transaction costs associated with land conservation.  Grants can be used to pay for legal fees, recording fees, appraisals, title exams, surveys and environmental assessment costs.

This grant program is only open to landowners in 81 eligible towns who have previously attended a DCR Working Forest Initiative event and who conserve at least 10 acres of woodlands.

Forest Conservation Due Diligence Grant Workshop @ Levi Heywood Memorial Library
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Conservation Due Diligence Program will hold an informational program for forest landowners who are considering permanently protecting their woodlands about potential grants of up to $8,700 to cover the real estate transaction costs associated with land conservation.  Grants can be used to pay for legal fees, recording fees, appraisals, title exams, surveys and environmental assessment costs.

This grant program is only open to landowners in 81 eligible towns who have previously attended a DCR Working Forest Initiative event and who conserve at least 10 acres of woodlands.

Oct
1
Wed
Chapter 61A Filing Deadline @ local assessors offices
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The deadline for filing applications to put woodlands and farmland under Chapter 61A for fiscal 2016 is Wednesday, October 1st.  Application forms are available from the local assessors office or can be downloaded online at many town websites.

DCR Pre-Harvest Tour @ Warwick State Forest
Oct 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

DCR foresters Mike Gieryk and Keith DiNardo will lead a tour of a planned 65-acre timber sale at the Warwick State Forest.  Participants should wear clothing suitable for the weather and sturdy footware.

The tour will meet at the former Warwick Prison Camp on Richmond Road in Warwick.