Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Keystone Project Seeking Applicants for Training this Spring

The Keystone Project is an extensive three-day training which focuses on forest ecology and stewardship, wildlife management and land conservation.  Keystone training consists of indoor and outdoor sessions, as well as informal time spent learning from other participants.  Each participant is provided resources to take home. (more…)

Legislation Filed to Lengthen Terms of Forester, Timber Harvester Licenses

New Legislation was filed in January that would extend the terms forester and timber harvester licenses are valid from one to three years.  Senator Anne Gobi filed the legislation, Senate bills S-1078 and S-1520, on the request of the Forest Alliance. (more…)

Higher Farm Plate Weight Limits Signed into Law — Goes into Effect March 1st

The legislation that the Forest Alliance and Mass. Farm Bureau sponsored to allow loggers and farmers to use farm plates on vehicles with higher weight limits was signed into law by Governor Patrick on his last day in office.  The new law will go into effect on March 1st. (more…)

Help Track Winter Moths

Have you seen moths flying around during late fall or early winter, or have you seen moths gathered at your porchlight? You could be seeing an invasive species known as winter moth.  In mid-to-late fall, at a time of year where insect activity is practically at a standstill, these small brown winter moths will be seen across the eastern half of the state, sometimes congregating at porch lights by the hundreds. (more…)

Mass Wildlife to Hold 3 Habitat Improvement Tours in December

The Division of Fisheries & Wildlife will hold 3 tours in mid December showing planned and ongoing work to improve wildlife and rare species habitat.  Tours will be held at the Farmington River Wildlife Management Area in Becket & Otis on December 15th, the Frances Crane & Quashnet Woods WMAs in Falmouth & Mashpee on December 18th, and the Montague Plains WMA in Montague on December 19th. (more…)