The MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership will hold a two day Foresters for the Birds training on April 29th and 30th.
Foresters for the Birds is a Massachusetts DCR program providing cost share assistance to landowners to hire a qualified consulting forester to conduct a Bird Habitat assessment on their land. The assessment provides information about the existing or potential habitat for target bird species and silvicultural recommendations for enhancing habitat through forest management.
To become certified to provide this service to landowners, consulting foresters must attend this training and then conduct two assessments under the review of Mass Audubon and DCR.
Foresters will also become qualified to develop forest management plans with bird habitat assessments for landowners receiving USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service funding through the Southern New England Heritage Forest RCPP in south-central Massachusetts.
This training is intended for those who have not yet attended a Foresters for the Birds training, those who would like extra support, and those who are simply interested or have questions.
This training will include (1) a virtual classroom session accessible to anyone with an internet connection through the Microsoft Teams platform on April 29th from 2 – 4 pm, and (2) a site visit to the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission’s Ludlow Reservoir watershed property on April 30th from 10 am to 1 pm.
At the field site, we will view different bird habitats and silvicultural treatments implemented to respond to gypsy moth-related oak mortality, which correspondingly enhanced habitat for forest birds and wildlife.
Field session participants will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing best practices.
Directions will be provided to registrants. Please dress for walking in the woods.
Space is limited. To register, please contact Christopher Riely at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 225-6135
This event has been approved for 5.0 MA Forester CFE credits and 2.0 CT Forester CEU credits
This workshop is sponsored by the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership, the Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation, Mass Audubon, and the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission