Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Forest Alliance Looking for Communications & Outreach Specialist

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance is seeking applicants for a Communications & Outreach Specialist to work on a variety of projects and media types.

Funding for this position is from both MFA’s regular budget and secured grants. This is a 60% to 80% time position to start. We anticipate funding for at least two years; there is potential for the position to grow to full time and permanent. (more…)

Protect Against Tick Bites!

Deer Ticks, otherwise known as Blacklegged Ticks, are abundant throughout Massachusetts. They can carry the organisms that cause Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. All three diseases are on the rise. Tick-borne illnesses can be very serious if untreated, but are preventable.

Deer ticks and the larger dog ticks are very common in spring in the woods in Massachusetts.  Common strategies to protect against ticks include wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, wearing light colored clothing to make ticks more visible if they get on you, tucking your pant legs into your socks, and wearing insect repellent or repellent treated clothing. (more…)

Want to Upgrade Your Wood Stove?

If you want to replace an existing wood stove with a new, more fuel-efficient model, you might want to investigate how the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program can help you.

The Department of Energy Resources announced in March that another $700,000 was being allocated to the program which provides rebates ranging from $500 to $2,500 to residents who trade in older, non EPA compliant woodstoves for newer EPA-certified cleaner burning stoves.  The amount of the rebate depends upon the emission levels, type of stove purchased, and income levels of the applicants, with those who earn less than 80 percent of the state median income eligible for rebates between $1,500 and $2,500. (more…)

Chapter 61 Tax Values to Rise July 1st

New tax values for Chapter 61 and 61A woodlands for the tax year that begins July 1st were set on April 1st.  Land values both east and west of the Connecticut River will rise this year due to higher stumpage prices for timber in recent years. (more…)

NHESP Seeks Comment on Revised Forestry Conservation Management Practices

Comments Due by May 8th

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) has proposed changes to the existing Forestry Conservation Management Practices (CMP) guidance documents for several State-listed species.

These species include Wood Turtles, Eastern Box Turtles, Blanding’s Turtle,and three species of salamanders including Blue-spotted, Jefferson, and Marbled salamanders.  NHESP is now accepting comments from the public about the revised CMPs through May 8th. (more…)