People worldwide have heated with wood for thousands of years. New Englanders are no exception and have long depended on native forests to provide wood for warmth. But set aside old images of the inefficient fireplace and smoking wood stove. New technology has made wood burning appliances a truly modern way to use this traditional fuel.
The Massachusetts Forest Alliance represents and advocates on behalf of forest landowners, industry professionals, businesses, and others who support a strong, sustainable forest economy in the Commonwealth. MFA works on a variety of policy initiatives, including tax programs, property zoning, modern wood heat, forest management, and many more regulations that affect our membership.
The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance will be held Saturday, November 4th at Greenfield Community College from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
The meeting will feature a presentation from DCR Forest Health with updates on the major health challenges facing our forests, including new growing issues like Beech Leaf Disease.
Our keynote speaker will be Russ Richardson, who will deliver a presentation called Managing the Forest Understory. Most woodland owners and managers focus their interest and attention on the trees in the overstory. The forest understory normally gets little attention except for the presence of invasive species. A healthy forest understory can be a key factor in establishing natural regeneration. After nearly four hundred years of exploitation, the native forest understory is badly degraded and most medicinal plants native to New England’s woodland have been extirpated.
The Massachusetts Forest Alliance is the leading organization representing forest landowners and industry professionals in Massachusetts. MFA works tirelessly on your behalf to advocate for a strong, sustainable forest economy.
In addition to representing the forest community at the state and local levels, MFA offers educational seminars and continuing education workshops for landowners and industry professionals. Topics often center around forestry practices, regulation, and policy.
Each level of membership receives the following benefits:
Individual/Family/Professional Membership Application
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Please note: The Massachusetts Forest Alliance is a recognized 501(c) (6) not-for-profit advocacy organization. Contributions to the Massachusetts Forest Alliance are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions. For information on how to make a tax-deductible gift, please contact our office.