Events

Sep
29
Thu
Habitat Management on the Montague Plain @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mass Wildlife ecologists & foresters will discuss the history of the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, the unique species and ecological communities found there, and how different habitat management techniques and prescribed fire are used to improve conditions for their survival.

The program is being hosted jointly by Mass Wildlife, the Department of Conservation & Recreation, and the Town of Montague

 

Sep
30
Fri
Walnut Hill Woods Hike @ Mary Lyon Church
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Get a preview of the brand-new trail at our Walnut Hill Woods Conservation Area in Buckland, MA on Friday September 30th from 2pm-4pm.

Walnut Hill Woods is a 92-acre property, generously donated to FLT in 2012 by Stephen Hale. It will be managed for forestry, recreation and wildlife.

The trail is made possible with funds from DCR’s Recreational Trail Program through a grant awarded to Franklin Land Trust in partnership with the Student Conservation Association’s Massachusetts AmeriCorps program.

Meet at the Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St, Buckland at 2pm. Come prepared for a 2-3 mile hike with some steep slopes.

RSVP is requested but not required. To RSVP contact Melissa Patterson at mpatterson@franklinlandtrust.org or call (413) 625-9151.

Oct
4
Tue
Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee @ Berkshire East ski lodge
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee will meet at the Berkshire East ski lodge in Charlemont on October 4th from 6 to 8 pm.

Oct
5
Wed
Map Your Land & Other Tools for Landowners webinar @ online
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The American Tree Farm System will hold a Map Your Land and other Tools for Landowners webinar on October 5th from 2 to 3 pm.

A map can be an important tool for landowners, but where do you go to get a good map of your land?  Well look no further, we have an easy to use mapping tool that you can use to map your property boundaries and all your favorite features. 

Learn more about how to map your property, track your activities, use the ATFS addendum and more during this webinar! 

For more information or to register, go to www.treefarmsystem.org/atfswebinars

Oct
6
Thu
Mass Wildlife Habitat Site Walk @ Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mass Wildlife foresters and ecologists will hold a Habitat Site Walk at the Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area on Patrill Hollow Road in Hardwick on October 6th from 3 to 5 pm.

This site walk will highlight: the west side of the Patrill Hollow where pitch pine/scrub oak restoration, which includes tree clearing and prescribed burning, is on-going; extensive forestlands growing on abandoned agricultural areas; and the importance of open sandplain communities to rare and declining animals and insects.

Landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife may find these habitat walks particularly useful.

Participants should dress for the weather and plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots.

Directions: From Route 32A in Hardwick Center, turn west on Greenwich Road for a quarter mile, then turn left on Patrill Hollow Road. Continue on Patrill Hollow Road for a quarter mile, then bear right to stay on Patrill Hollow Road. Continue on Patrill Hollow Road for 1.2 miles, passing a MassWildlife parking area on your right, then crossing the bridge over Muddy Brook, then turn right up into the MassWildlife parking area on the west side of Muddy Brook.

Oct
13
Thu
Mass Wildlife Habitat Site Walk @ Quashnet Woods State Reservation
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mass Wildlife foresters and ecologists will hold a Habitat site walk at the Quashnet Woods State Reservation on Turner Road in Mashpee on October 13th from 1 to 3 pm.

This tour will highlight an eighty-acre New England Cottontail habitat site favoring retained pitch pine and to stimulate a shrub understory of blueberry and scrub oak completed in 2016.

Landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife may find these habitat walks particularly useful.

Participants should dress for the weather conditions and plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots.

This tour is co-hosted by the Department of Conservation & Recreation and the Mashpee Conservation Commission.

Directions: From Rte. 151 in Mashpee, turn south on Old Barnstable Road, proceed south on Old Barnstable Road for a quarter mile (passing Lakeside Estates), then turn left on Turner Road. Follow Turner Road for 0.1 miles to the parking area beneath the powerline.

Mass Wildlife Habitat Site Walk @ Frances Crane WMA
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mass Wildlife foresters and ecologists will hold a Habitat Site Walk at the Frances Crane Wildlife Management Area on Route 151 in Falmouth on October 13th from 3 to 5 p.m.

This site walk will highlight grassland expansion and thinning of an adjacent pitch pine/oak woodlands.

Landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife may find these habitat walks particularly useful.

Participants should dress for the weather conditions and plan on all events occurring rain or shine. Consider bringing insect repellant, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and wearing sturdy boots.

Oct
14
Fri
Tree Steward Training @ Harvard Forest
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – Oct 15 @ 3:30 pm

The 2016 DCR Tree Steward Training will take place Friday, October 14, to Saturday, October 15, at the Harvard Forest in Petersham.

Participants at this year’s session will learn about tree planting, i-Tree, pests of trees, pruning, tree boards, tree ID, and funding urban forestry programs, as well as participating in a roundtable discussion on urban and community forestry. There will be a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions.

Registration can be made on the DCR Urban and Community Forestry website (www.mass.gov/dcr/urbanand-community-forestry. Click “Branching Out” on the right)

Deadline to register is October 5th.

Contact Mollie Freilicher, 413-577-2966 or mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us for more information.

Oct
15
Sat
Farm Tractors in Forestry — Back to Basics workshop @ woodland
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Although they have limitations, properly equipped tractors can play an important role in your woodlot. Come to this workshop in Bridgewater, NH to learn ways you can safely and productively use a farm tractor as a tool in forestry.

The day will begin with a directional tree felling demonstration, utilizing the open-face notch technique as taught in the NH Professional Logger Program, and will include delimbing, bucking, winching, decking logs, and safety considerations for each component.

Cost: $15 for NHTOA members; $30 for non-members. Registration and more information available from the NHTOA office at (603) 224-9699.

From Woods to Home tour @ Bascom Hollow Farm
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Brian Donahue and Faith Rand, co-owners of the conserved Bascom Hollow Farm in Gill, will host a woods walk and a tour of their beautiful farm house built using lumber harvested from their own woods. Working with local foresters, harvesters and builders, the house is an extension of the “slow food” or local agricultural product movement. The benefits of local wood ripple outward. Good woodland management can create wildlife habitat, improve forest health, and also support the local wood economy. 

The walk will feature discussion by forestry professionals who made this responsible harvest and hyper-local building project possible. Brian Donahue is a Mass Woodlands Institute board member and Brandeis University professor who teaches courses on environmental issues, including sustainable farming and forestry. Lincoln Fish, consulting forester, will share how timber harvesting at Bascom Hollow Farm created habitat for birds and other wildlife while providing wood products. David Bowman, a local sawyer and builder who has taught many workshops on timber frame construction will provide insight into the choice and wood selection for creating a timber frame house.  

The walk will be followed by a tour of the Bascom Hollow farm house, as well as refreshments and discussion. To learn more about Bascom Hollow Farm visit www.bascomhollowfarm.com.

 For the property address and directions, email Melissa Patterson at melissa@masswoodlands.org or call (413) 625-9151.