Latest news from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance

Despite Frigid Start, Maple Sugarers Have Record Season

Maple syrup producers in Massachusetts had record production in 2015 despite a prolonged winter that delayed the start of the season.  According to reports from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, sugarers here produced 75,000 gallons of maple syrup this spring, up 23 percent from 2014. Nationally maple syrup production was up about 6 percent, to 2.96 million gallons. (more…)

NRCS Halts Forestry Projects Due to Bat Concerns

The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that any NRCS-funded projects where cutting of trees larger than 3″ dbh is included (e.g. habitat management, timber stand improvement, early successional habitat creation, trail and log landing improvements, food plot installation, etc.) are suspended from June 1 through July 31 due to concerns about the threatened Northern Long Eared Bat. (more…)

MFA Publishes Guide for Abutters to Timber Harvests

132_brochure_coverThe Massachusetts Forest Trust has published a new Reference Guide for Abutters to provide foresters, landowners and timber harvesters with a simple handout they can provide neighboring landowners when they plan a timber harvest.

The short guide was written by landowner Holly Robert and forester Dana Hachigian to answer abutter’s questions about the timber harvest process when a harvest is scheduled on an adjoining property. It explains how to clear up boundary disagreements, what a Forest Cutting Plan is, and how sensitive areas and habitats are protected by the Chapter 132 process. (more…)

New Report Examines Massachusetts Forest Economy

The North East State Foresters Association has just issued a new report, The Economic Importance of Massachusetts’ Forest Based Economy 2015, that examines different aspects and economic contributions of Massachusetts forest sectors to the overall economy. (more…)

New State Sick Pay Law Goes into Effect July 1st

A new voter-passed law providing mandatory employee sick leave goes into effect on July 1st. All Massachusetts employers are subject to the law’s requirements, regardless of the number of employees they have. Forestry businesses should make themselves aware of the law’s provisions as it will affect their operations. (more…)