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Massachusetts Society of American Foresters & Forest Guild Joint Meeting
April 10, 2014 in Greenfield, MA
 4:30 - 6:30 P.M. at the new John Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
1.  Presentation by Bob O'Connor, Director of Forest and Land Conservation for the Commonwealth of Mass, on the proposed federal designation for Western Franklin County.  Mr. O'Connor will describe the proposal to bring federal dollars to the Commonwealth of Mass for the purchase of conservation restrictions on private lands.
2.  Using modern wood heating to boost the forest economy.  Learn how the Northern Forest Center's Model Neighborhood Project is spurring adaption of state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers to replace oil heat and increase demand for wood pellets. In Berlin, N.H., where more than 40 homeowners and several non-residential sites switched from oil to wood pellet heat, participants have saved more than $98,000 in fuel costs and generated $376,700 in regional economic impact in 2 years. Over the boiler's 25-year lifespan, spending on wood pellets and saving money on fuel bills will contribute $5.3 million to the local economy-helping to sustain and create forest-based jobs. The Center is now replicating the initiative in Farmington Maine, will soon launch in northern Vermont, and is in the planning stages for an Adirondack project.
There will also be a brief presentation on a similar initiative from MA DOER.
3. Jeff Hutchins, Executive Director of the Mass Forest Alliance, will give an update on his organization's recent activities, including those related to the proposed federal designation described earlier in the program.
Continuing Ed credits will be available for those that attend.  Pizza and refreshments will be available as well.  Please respond to Keith Ross, Mass SAF Chair if you plan on attending at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
New England Forestry Foundation: Introduction to the Marteloscope
April 17, 2014 in Manchester, ME
 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NEFF's Allen-Whitney Forest
The marteloscope is a teaching tool that provides quick access to real data about a certain stand of trees to feed discussion about silvicultural decision-making. It has value not only as a discussion forum for new and seasoned foresters, but also for educating landowners and the public about the thought process of foresters and natural resource managers.
The marteloscope concept was originally produced in Europe, where there are now several dozen martelodromes installed. They are used in conjunction with larger research programs, for training foresters, and for developing silvicultural policies. Full event details can be found here.
Participation limited to 20. CFE credits pending. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 978-952-6856
Cooperative Management of Young Forests
April 30, 2014 in Oak Ridge, New Jersey

This workshop will examine forest management activities to benefit golden-winged warbler and other species and will include a field trip to Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. This workshop includes presentations on the habitat needs of imperiled songbirds in relation to young forest; golden-winged warbler habitat studies and projects in PA; a GIS analysis of cover types and ownership in the Highlands in relation to songbirds of special concern; and an overview of private landowner incentive programs to benefit GWWA and other early successional species. The afternoon field trip to Sparta Mountain WMA will look at the WMA planning process, forest stewardship plan components, and habitat management activities to date. The trip will also include a look at work done on state and private land adjacent to Sparta Mountain WMA.
This event is sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, and The Forest Guild.
To register, contact Mim Dunne by April 22:
908-637-4125 x 115 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Registration can be paid at the door, but an RSVP is required.
Cost: $5 for lunch and morning coffee

Foresters for Maine Birds - Oak-pine workshop
May 7, 2014 in Arrowsic, Maine at the Holt Forest
 Join the Forest Guild and Maine Audubon for a one-day workshop at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic, Maine.  The day will begin at Reid State Park for an introduction to Foresters for the Birds and will continue with field visits in managed oak-pine stands at the Holt Research Forest. Foresters for the Birds engages woodland owners in managing their forests using silviculture to enhance migratory songbird habitat.
Please check back for more information.
Foresters for Maine Birds - Spruce-fir workshop
May 30, 2014 near Grand Lake Stream, Maine at Downeast Lakes Land Trust
 This one-day workshop will explore the blend of silviculture and migratory songbird habitat in spruce-fir forests. Foresters for the Birds is a highly-acclaimed program that blends silviculture with bird biology to "let birds tell the story of why forests need management."
Please check back for more information.
Forest Guild 2014 National Meeting
June 19-21, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
  The Forest Guild National Meeting is making a long-awaited return to New England in June of 2014. Join fellow members, colleagues, and future friends in this three-day gathering. Prepare for an exciting program of engaging speakers, stimulating field workshops, and lively discussions on the theme of adapting forests to the changing climate. Also, in keeping with Guild tradition, the National Meeting is an excellent opportunity to gather with friends and rekindle the spark that inspires the forest stewardship of our members across the landscape. Registration will be available this winter. For more information, please click here.

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Shortleaf Pine Initiative Stakeholder Workshop - Northeast
March 4-5, 2014 in Waretown, New Jersey
 A facilitated workshop for sharing and gathering information related to shortleaf pine management. The information gathered will be used in developing a strategic Range-wide Shortleaf Pine Conservation Plan. For more information and to register, go to:

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