The Department of Conservation & Recreation will hold 11 3 – hour Forest Cutting Practices training workshops for licensed timber harvesters in June.
Each of the 11 workshops will include a review of the rules and regulations governing timber harvesting under MGL Chapter 132, the Forest Cutting Practices Act, and the use of BMPs in harvesting.
These workshops will meet the requirement that harvesters must take a 3-hour refresher on Massachusetts forestry laws and regulations at least once every 3 years.
Individual workshops will also include sessions on other forestry topics. Harvesters can choose which workshop they want to attend, but must preregister because space is limited at some locations.
Town Date Time Location Contact
Washington June 4 12 – 3pm October Mtn State Forest Pete Grima (413) 212-2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: permanent bridge installation, gap regeneration
From Route 8 in Becket, take County Rd west 3.5 miles into State Forest past Appalachian Trail crossing and bear left at fork. Entrance will be on left after open water.
Athol June 11 2 – 5 pm Athol Public Library Andrew Rawcliffe (617) 549-1677 or Andrew.email@example.com RSVP by June 6th
Topics: BMPs, red oak silviculture & fire
Pepperell June 11 2 – 5 pm Pepperell Library Laura Dooley (978) 937-2094 X112
Topics: Forest Health, BMPs & Natural Heritage
Belchertown June 12 1 – 4 pm Swift River Sportsmans Club Doug Hutcheson (413) 545-7020 RSVP by June 5th
Topics: BMPs and ALB & EAB updates
Deerfield June 12 3 – 6 pm Polish American Club Sean Libbey (413) 545-4539 or email Sean.firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP by June 7th
Topics: NHESP Update, BMPs, Chapter 132 Review
Barre June 13 1-4 pm Barre Public Library Chris Capone (857) 406-0175 or email Chris.email@example.com RSVP by June 10th
Topics: Gypsy Moth & BMP/Regulations update
Shelburne Falls June 13 1 – 4 pm Shelburne Buckland Comm Ctr Alison Wright-Hunter (413) 262-2370 or Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP by June 7th
Topics: Harvesting BMPs, Forest Health Updates, Markets & Utilization Updates
Rehoboth June18 9 – 12 am Chartley Market Guy LaChance (617) 719-4460
Topics: Chapter 132 updates, BMPs, reading the woodland landscape
South Carver June 18 3 – 6 pm Old Barn at Myles Standish SF Joe Perry (508) 887-6009
Topics: Ticks, Management forestry, Field tour
Lunenburg June 19 12:30 – 3:30 Lunenburg Public Library Michael Downey (413) 212-3039 or Michael.email@example.com
Topics: Forestry BMPs, ALBs, NHESP review, Marketing & Utilization
Sandisfield June 19 1 – 4 pm Sandisfield Arts Center Tom Ryan (413) 784-1828 x123 or email Tom.firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP by June 17th
Topics: Forest Management & Recreational Trails, Management forestry & Forest Health updates