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.

Forester Licensing Board meeting @ Holdsworth Hall
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board will hold its next quarterly meeting at Room 312A in Holdsworth Hall at UMass — Amherst on December 2nd from 6 to 9 pm.

Land Conservation Forum: Chapter 61 & Conserving Working Farms and Forests @ Hartleb Technology Center
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Paul Catanzaro from the UMass Extension Forest Conservation program, Jennifer Fish from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Attorney Doug Muir will participate in a panel workshop on how cities and towns can preserve working farms and forests in their communities through Chapter 61.

The program will be held twice, from noon to 2 pm and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on December 3rd

For information or to register, email Hannah Wilbur at

Northeast Regional Forest Industry & Landowner Association Gathering @ Hampton Inn & Suites
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 4 @ 3:30 pm

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance (MFA) and New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) have set up the 2015 Northeast Regional Forest Industry and Landowner Association gathering on December 3 and 4 in Greenfield, MA.  This meeting, generously supported by Farm Credit East, began two years ago as an informal gathering of organizations in New England and New York to discuss state and federal forest policy issues and training needs. The meeting is by invitation, but all MFA members are encouraged to provide input about what they see as critical issues and training needs. Please contact Charlie Thompson at to provide input.


Thursday, December 3rd

1pm             Welcome/Introductions

1:30 – 5:00 pm   Timber sale and sawmill tour

  • Timber Sale – visit an active harvest site in Bernardston, MA. Markets and the regulatory context will be discussed.
  • Sawmill – we will tour Cersosimo Lumber’s Brattleboro, VT mill complex. Topics will include: business regulations, logging capacity, lumber and log markets.

5:00 – 5:30pm   Travel to Greenfield

6:00 pm             Group Dinner

Friday, December 4th  –

7:30-8:30 am     Continental Breakfast- Hampton Inn and Suites

8:30 – 10:30 am    Landowner and industry training – Each state will provide a brief overview of their 2015 training program and provide highlights of 2016 plans. Following the updates we will discuss training needs and identify areas where states can work collaboratively to meet these needs.

10:45 – Noon     National Policy Issues (Chip Murray, policy counsel with the National Alliance of Forest Owners) – Subjects to include the Northern Long Eared Bat – ESA listing, Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

Noon – 1pm      Lunch, We can continue our National policy discussion and discuss how to collaborate more on these issues.

1pm – 3:30pm      State Policy Issues and strategies – Each state will provide a brief overview of their proposed 2016 policy initiatives and other prospective issues.

Introduction to Winter Tree Identification @ Arnold Arboretum
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – Dec 12 @ 12:30 pm

Kyle Stephens, Arborist, Arnold Arboretum, will help you learn to identify deciduous trees during their dormant season. Looking at specific character combinations, you will determine the genus and species of several types of trees in the Boston area.

Class begins indoors with a discussion of basic classification techniques and continues outside to the Arboretum grounds to examine a variety of trees. This class is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both classroom and outdoor learning. A hand lens may be helpful, but is not necessary.

Sessions meet on December 5th and December 12th from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

Register at

Top Issues faced by Woodland Owners webinars @ online
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Penn State Extension will hold 2 one-hour webinars on Top Issues Faced by Woodland Owners on December 8th at noon and 7 pm.

Jim Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Management and Director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State will look at the some of the top issues identified through surveys and discussions with Pennsylvania woodland owners.

For more information or to register, go to

Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee meeting @ Berkshire East Ski Area
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee will meet at the new lodge at Berkshire East on December 8th from 6 to 8 pm.


Tree Farm Committee meeting @ Brewmasters
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Massachusetts Tree Farm committee will hold its quarterly meeting at Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg on December 10th at 3 pm.

Map Your Land webinar @ online
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The American Forest Foundation will hold a one-hour Map Your Land and Other Tools for Landowners webinar on December 15th from 1 to 2 pm.

Thousands of woodland owners have created a free account on They use the site to create high quality maps of their land including all the features that are important to them. The site can also help you set the goals you have for your land and recommend activities to help you achieve those goals. You can track your progress with the task list tool and use the forest journal to record and share memories with your family.

Join us for this webinar to learn all about, your one stop site for everything related to your woodlands by going to

Why Are Invasives Successful webinars @ online
Jan 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

With invasive species posing more problems on woodland than can possibly all be solved at once, how can landowners decide when and how to act?

Penn State Extension will hold 2 one-hour Why are Invasives Successful webinars on January 12th at noon and 7 pm.

It is a safe bet that every parcel of privately owned forest land in Pennsylvania has multiple invasive species. With these invasive species posing more problems than can possibly all be solved at once, how can landowners decide when and how to act?  Norris Muth, Associate Professor of Biology, Juniata College will discuss some ways to prioritize and make management decisions towards reducing the impact of invasive species.

For more information or to register, go to