Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Tree Farm Inspectors Training Workshop in Northampton October 8th

Foresters who want to be able to certify Tree Farms under the new AFF standards should attend the Tree Farm Inspector training workshop being held in Northampton on October 8th.

Because the 2015-2020 Tree Farm standards went into effect on January 1st, any forester who wants to be able to certify Tree Farms must take training in the new standards. The workshop on October 8th will be held at the Bluebonnet Restaurant from 8:30 am to 2 pm.  Cost of the workshop is $25 including lunch.  Participants will receive SAF, Mass & CT continuing forester education credits. (more…)

Chapter 61A Tax Filings Due October 1st

Landowners with fields or woodlands under MGL Chapter 61A are required to file their annual reports with the local boards of assessors by October 1st to keep their land under the reduced tax status.  Under the state regulations, property owners seeking to have their land taxed at a reduced rate under Chapter 61A must file their annual Chapter 61A application and the property owners acknowledgement of their rights and obligations with the assessors by October 1st. (more…)

Buckland Man Charged with Timber Theft

A Buckland man has been charged with illegal tree cutting and theft of state property from the illegal harvesting of more than $2,500 of timber from the Buckland State Forest. (more…)

Massachusetts Town Forest Conference in Wilbraham September 27th

The third annual Massachustts Town Forests Conference will be held at Minnechaug High School in Wilbraham on Sunday, September 27th from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  The conference, aimed at municipal officials, foresters, land trusts, and civic groups, will include presentations and forest tours demonstrating forest stewardship and natural disturbance on town land in Wilbraham, including a parcel damaged by the 2011 tornados. (more…)

Golf, Anyone?

Do you like to golf and socialize with other people in the local forest community?  Thanks to the initiative of Doug Hutcheson at DCR, there will be a golf tourney on September 18th at the Westover Golf Club in Granby open to landowners, loggers, foresters, and others involved with the Massachusetts forest community. Bring your clubs, bring a guest and bring your game. (more…)