Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Statewide Ash Borer Quarantine Now in Effect

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has instituted a state-wide Massachusetts quarantine on the movement of ash logs, lumber, trees and all hardwood firewood to help slow the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Such materials may be transported without restriction in Massachusetts but may only be moved out of state where a similar quarantine exists. (more…)

Mass Wildlife to hold timber showings, foresters education tour of planned habitat improvement cuts in Montague & Hardwick October 9th

Mass Wildlife will be holding competitive bids for timber, firewood and chipwood for two timber harvests aimed at restoring important fire-adapted ecosystems in Montague and Hardwick. The timber harvests are aimed at reducing the fuel loads at the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area in Montague and Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area in Hardwick as a critical first step to allow prescribed burning in those fire-adapted ecosystems that provide habitat for multiple rare species, including moths and butterflies, as well as game birds like American woodcock and ruffed grouse, and songbirds like whip-poor-wills, brown thrashers, and Eastern towhees. (more…)

Ash Borer Quarantine Comment Period Ends October 14th

The Department of Conservation & Recreation will be considering comments on a proposed quarantine on the movement of ash logs, firewood and products after the highly destructive invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borer, was found at Arnold Arboretum in Boston during the summer. A public meeting on the Emerald Ash Borer in Massachusetts was held at the Arnold Arboretum on September 23, 2014. The deadline for public comments on the proposed quarantine in October 14, 2014. (more…)

Massachusetts Town Forest Conference in Weston October 5th

The 2nd annual Massachusetts Town Forest Conference, Connecting Local Communities with Sustainable Forestry, will take place at the Weston Recreation Center on Sunday, October 5th, from 9 am to 4 pm.  The full-day event will include workshops on community forestry and the different opportunities that local, sustainable forest management can create. (more…)

DCR Pre-Harvest Forest Tours in September and October

 DCR Foresters will be leading tours of prepared timber sale areas, discussing forest management techniques, providing a view of the trees designated for harvest, and explaining how harvest operations will take place. A detailed silviculture prescription for each harvesting operation will be provided to attendees.  The tours will be held rain or shine.  Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. (more…)