2 Jabish Street
Oaks are among the most important forest species, both for their timber value and for their importance for wildlife habitat. Oaks, however, have been declining in much of the United States due to the effects of insects, disease, and deer. In Massachusetts the gypsy moth defoliation in southern and eastern Massachusetts has resulted in extensive oak decline and death, with nearly 60,000 acres of oak stands killed as a result.
The Department of Conservation & Recreation will hold a free Oak Health program for landowners and homeowners about oaks and their health issues at the Belchertown Town Hall Auditorium on Tuesday, February 4th from 6:30 to 8 pm. The workshops are sponsored by DCR, the Forest Stewards Guild, and the Massachusetts Tree Farm program
At the workshop, speakers will discuss the importance of oaks in our landscape, and the effects of the gypsy moth defoliation, and what can be done with declining or dead oaks.
6:30 pm Introductions
6:50 pm Why Oaks are Important
7:10 pm Oak Health issues
7:30 pm Resources for Oak Stewardship
7:50 pm Questions