Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Wood Producers Council Meeting in Northampton November 10th

The Massachusetts Wood Producers Council will hold its fall meeting and dinner at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on November 10th from 4 to 8 pm.

The meeting will feature:

  • a presentation from Averill Cook from Biomass Commodities about an English system to produce higher energy wood chips,
  • a discussion by new DCR Utilization & Marketing Forester Sean Mahoney about the new Walden Pond Visitors Center and how to use DCR’s new 728 Contract to increase state purchases of local wood products,
  • and a discussion about the proposed Alternative Portfolio Standards’ regulations governing eligibility for Renewable Energy Credits for different wood fuels.


Foresters Council Meeting & Dinner in Westborough October 19th

The Massachusetts Foresters Council will hold its fall meeting and programs on October 19th from 1 to 7 pm at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough.

The program will include presentations on Big BAF double point sampling, Mass Wildlife’s Young Forests Initiative, and a Northern long-eared bat update.  (more…)

MassWildlife Announces $300,000 Available in Habitat Management Grants

MassWildlife will be awarding $300,000 in grants to support private and municipal efforts to manage conservation lands for the benefit of wildlife. The goal of the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of conserved lands to support active habitat management and expand public recreation on these lands.

The program also aims to improve habitat for game species, to manage habitat for Species of Greatest Conservation Need as identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan (with special emphasis on State-Endangered and State-Threatened Species), and to expand public recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, and other wildlife-associated activities on conserved lands. (more…)

State Announces New Program to Convert Larger Energy Users to Clean Heat

The Baker-Polito Administration, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC),  announced in September the launch of a package of programs that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to help businesses and other entities convert their large, commercial-scale heating and cooling systems to cleaner systems, including biomass or heat pumps. The new programs, which complement the rebates already available for single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums, will allow businesses, nonprofits, government entities and multi-family residential facilities across the Commonwealth to be eligible for rebates up to $250,000 for biomass heating and ground-source heat pump projects and $225,000 for air-source pump projects.

“By helping large-scale energy users offset the costs of adopting clean energy solutions, we not only curb harmful environmental effects but cut long-term energy costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We encourage large energy consumers from across the Commonwealth to participate in these new programs.” (more…)

Foresters for the Birds Now Available to Landowners Statewide

Modeled on a successful program in Vermont, DCR’s Foresters for the Birds Program provides landowners with information about bird habitat on their land, and recommendations about how to enhance it in conjunction with other forest management goals.

Originally available to landowners in 35 towns with Northern Hardwood forest habitats, the program has now been expanded to be available for landowners throughout Massachusetts. (more…)