Wood Producers Council Meeting in Northampton March 5th

11 Feb

The Massachusetts Wood Producers Council will hold its Winter Meeting at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on Thursday, March 5th, from 4:30 to 9 p.m, sponsored by CJ Logging Equipment.

The meeting will feature a presentation about a new Climate Forestry Grant Program by The Nature Conservancy and American Forest Foundation, and a discussion of legal issues around timber harvesting and recent problems encountered.

The meeting will also include updates on DCR forest management and service forestry, pending legislation, and market updates.

This year’s meeting will feature a raffle to benefit logger Jimmy Hillock who was injured earlier this winter in a logging accident. Please consider donating items to the raffle to help him out!


4:30 pm                     Registration & Social Hour

5:30 pm                     Buffet Dinner

6:15 pm                     Introductions

6:20 pm                     TNC/AFF Climate Forestry Grant Program – Laura Marx, Nature Conservancy

6:50 pm                     Forestry Efforts on State Lands – William Hill, DCR

7:05 pm                     Forestry Updates – Jennifer Fish, DCR

7:35 pm                     Legislative Update – Chris Egan, Mass Forest Alliance

7:45 pm                     Legal Issues Concerning Harvesting — speaker TBD

8:15 pm                     Market Updates

  • Hardwoods — speaker TBD, Hull Forest Products
  • Pellets – Charlie Niebling, NE Wood Pellet
  • Mulch – Grant Richards, Cook Forest Products
  • Softwoods – Larry Lashway, Lashway Lumber
  • Biomass – Jamie Dammann, Pinetree Power
  • Pulpwood – Chris Goodnow, Goodnow Trucking

8:45 pm                     Raffle to Benefit Jimmy Hillock

9:00 pm                      Adjourn

Timber Harvester and Forester continuing education credits have been assigned as follows:

  • 2.5 MA Timber Harvester credits
  • 2.5 MA Forester credits in Category 1
  • 1.0 CT Forester CEUs
  • SAF credits are still pending – waiting for approval

The cost of the meeting is $40 for Forest Alliance members, $50 for non-members. Please register by March 4.

To register online, go to https://mfa-wood-producers-council-2020.eventbrite.com.

To register by mail, download the form, fill it out, and send with payment of $40 for members, $50 for non-members to Mass Forest Alliance – Wood Producers Meeting, 249 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752 to arrive by March 4.

To make a late reservation or for information, call Chris Egan at 617 645-1191 or email cegan@massforestalliance.org.

Special thanks to  CJ Logging Equpment for sponsoring the meeting!