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The Foresters Council is a group of MFA Professional Members who advise the MFA Board of Directors on issues and policy specific to foresters and forest management in Massachusetts.   The Foresters Council is made up of licensed Massachusetts Foresters who, through education, training and experience, have demonstrated their knowledge and ability in managing forest resources to benefit both landowners and the community at large.

The Foresters Council began in 1979 as the Massachusetts Association of Professional Foresters and for 32 years operated as a wholly independent organization.  In 2012 the membership of MAPF voted to become part of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.  This collaboration helped to unite those committed to a strong, sustainable forest economy in Massachusetts, allowing MFA to represent forest landowners and forest industry professionals with one strong, collective voice.

In addition to advising the MFA Board of Directors, the Foresters Council works to provide continuing education opportunities to forestry professionals throughout the Commonwealth.  The Foresters Council works to promote sound forest management practices, to educate themselves and inform the public concerning current management techniques and to maintain the standards of the forestry profession through their code of ethics.

The Foresters Council is governed by an Executive Committee, consisting of a chair, vice-chair, secretary, and two members of the Council at large, elected by the membership of the Forester’s Council.

Foresters Council Officers

Chair: James Kelly
Vice-Chair: Mark Mueller
Secretary: Ross Hubacz
Member-at-Large: Tom Ryan
Member-at-Large: Joelle Vautour


MFA is now accepting nominations for the first annual Howard F. Mason Forester of the Year Award. The award will recognize an individual forester who is a member of MFA and who exemplifies Howard’s excellence in forestry, deep knowledge and integrity, and willingness to help mentor and support young foresters.

Award nominations are due by July 1. There are two ways to nominate someone for this award:

Click here to fill out and submit the nomination form online.

Click here to download a nomination form, then print, fill out, and mail in.