Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Tree Farm Assessment To Visit 15 Massachusetts Tree Farms in May

Fifteen Massachusetts Tree Farms will be visited this May as part of the 2015 Massachusetts Tree Farm assessment to see how woodland owners here manage their land on-the-ground. (more…)

Mohawk Woodlands Partnership Gets $600K Grant to Improve Bird Habitats, Increase Wood Energy Use

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $638,000 Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant for a three year project to encourage sustainable forestry and energy practices in a 28 town region in northwestern Massachusetts. (more…)

U. S. Fish & Wildlife Seeks Comments on Bat Rule

Seeking to balance the need to conserve declining populations of the Northern Long-eared Bat with the need for people to work on and use their land during summer, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed to list the bat on the Threatened Species List under a special provision called a Section 4 (d) rule. USFWS is seeking comments about the proposed listing. Comments will be accepted through March 17, 2005. (more…)

New Revised Tree Farm Standards Now in Effect

The American Forest Foundation which sponsors the American Tree Farm System has released revised 2015-2020 Standards for Sustainability which all certified Tree Farms must meet in 2015. The AFF standards are reviewed and revised every 5 years to keep them up to date with new research and practices.

The new standards have limited changes from the prior 2010-2015 standards. (more…)

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…)