The 2019 Massachusetts Town Forest Conference will be held on Saturday, September 14th, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Barber Reservation in Sherborn.
This unique annual event promises to engage and foster partnerships between the diverse professionals and volunteers that play a collaborative role in the management of community forests, including foresters, planners, arborists, conservation commission members, land trusts, non-profit organizations, forest landowners, and many more.
The conference will include morning and afternoon forestry tours, raptor demonstrations, sawmill tours, invasive plant programs, and a forest bathing walk. Participants will be provided a free lunch if they preregister.
8:30 – 9:00 Registration, coffee and mingling at Sherborn Community Center, 2 Sanger Street, Sherborn, MA 01770
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome
9:30 – 10:30 Raptor presentation (Wingmasters)
10:30 -10:45 Board vans/minibus for Morning Tour
10:45 – 12:30 Morning Forestry Tour (departs from Community Center)
Sherborn Town Forest firewood program
Learn about local wood forest management project with Phil Benjamin, Benjamin Forestry Services
Morning programming at Barber Reservation:
Tree Cookie Decorating
Cider making demo
Sherborn Forest & Trails Association maps/trails memberships and clothing sales
Booths/presentations for SRLF and other groups
Wes Wirth and mushrooms
Frank Dodd and animal demo
Kids/family forest tour & Reading the Forested Landscape
Bird Habitat Walk
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (at Barber Reservation—FREE to those that register)
1:30 – 3:30 Afternoon programming at Barber Reservation
Forest and Invasives with Chris Politan and Ted Elliman
Invasives treatment areas and results
Forest Management and regeneration problems from deer browsing
Forest Bathing and mindfulness walk with Nadine Mazzola, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Tour the Barber Reservation Historic Barn, with North Bennett Street School
Local Sawmill demo
DCR Portable Sawmill Demo
DCR Timber Frame Demo
E. MA Woodworkers Guild (invite)
3:30 Closing Refreshments/Remarks and transportation back to Community Center
For more information and to pre-register, see: http://www.masswoodlands.org/events/massachusetts-town-forest-conference-sherborn-ma/
This event is co-hosted by the Town of Sherborn, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the USDA Forest Service.