Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

DCR Holding Chapter 132 Workshops May 25th – June 9th

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Service Forestry Program will hold its annual series of workshops to update Timber Harvesters on the Chapter 132 Forest Cutting Practices regulations around the state from May 25th to June 9th.

There will be 6 different workshops around the state including: (more…)

What do Invasive Forest Pests Cost? $4.9 Billion a Year

Unwanted insects that are attacking our forests are costing nearly $5 billion in damages every year, a new study from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies warns.

Invasive foreign insects such as Emerald ash borers, Asian long-horned beetles, and hemlock wooly adelgids which have hitchhiked to the U.S. on nursery stock and wooden pallets & crates, have killed millions of trees and forced cities and homeowners to spend billions to treat, remove or replace them. (more…)

Senate Passes Omnibus Agricultural Bill

By a vote of 36-1, the Massachusetts Senate has passed a comprehensive agricultural bill.  Among the things included in the bill are provisions to extend the Forester and Logger Licenses from one year to three. 

The bill originally proposed to change the filing dates for all Current Use taxation programs (MGL Chapters 61, 61A, 61B) to December 1st, but after consulting with MFA’s Foresters Council, MFA was able to keep the Chapter 61 application dates as they are now. (more…)

Ash Borers Found in Hampden County

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Forest Health Program has confirmed that the highly destructive invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borers, were discovered in Wilbraham in eastern Hampden County the last week of April.  The Wilbraham discovery is the first confirmed finding in Hampden County.

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

EABs are small, metallic green beetles, native to Asia, which feed on ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) and white fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus). EABs kill trees quickly, within just 3 to 5 years, because they bore directly under the bark and disrupt the flow of nutrients in the tree. EABs have spread throughout 25 states since 2002, killing millions of ash trees and causing billions of dollars in treatment, removal and replacement costs. (more…)

Do You Know how to Deal with an Emergency in the Woods?

Do you know what to do if someone gets hurt or becomes sick working in the woods?  What steps could you take beforehand to make getting help for a woods emergency easier and faster?  What should you do until help arrives?

Medical emergencies can happen at any time in the woods.  For that reason, OSHA logging regulations require that all woods workers be trained in basic first aid and CPR.

In late May & early June, the Forest Alliance will hold two Preparing for Emergencies in the Woods workshops to help loggers, foresters and others who work in our woods be better prepared to deal with an emergency when they are working.  Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 26th, at Mass Wildlife’s new Field Headquarters in Westborough, and on Thursday, June 2nd, at the Blue Meadow Conference Center at the Quabbin Reservation in Belchertown.  (more…)