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Forest Cutting Plans and Timber Harvests 101 for Conservation Commissioners & Others
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Forest Cutting Plans and Timber Harvests 101 for Conservation Commissioners & Others

This workshop is offered at no cost to conservation commissioners and representatives of other municipal departments in communities located within the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership, and others as space permits.

When: Saturday, June 30, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 pm
Where: Forested land in Southbridge MA-- directions to location will be sent to registrants
Southbridge, Massachusetts 
United States
Contact: Michele Girard

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Forest Cutting Plans and Timber Harvesting 101 for Conservation Commissioners

and other Municipal Departments


Saturday, June 30th

9:00 am to noon

Southbridge, MA

(directions to the property will be provided to registrants.)


A free workshop provided by the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.  


Forests play a critical role in the character of our region and are vital for natural habitat, outdoor recreation and natural/ecosystems services (such as helping to supply clean water and air).  The majority of the forested land in Massachusetts is owned in relatively small parcels by private landowners. For many landowners, any plan to conserve and protect forests needs to include the ability to carry out good forestry and timber harvesting using best management practices (BMPs).


What role do Conservation Commissions play implementing the Chapter 132 Forest Cutting Practices Act?  Commissions have the opportunity to review and comment on timber cutting plans.   Come learn how to review a timber cutting plan, see what a timber sale is all about, learn how landowner goals and site conditions can impact timber harvest decisions, and see what some forestry BMPs look like on the ground.


The workshop will be held in Southbridge on a property managed by Opacum Land Trust where a timber harvest was conducted in 2016 and 2017, along with the first phase of an invasive plant removal effort as part of overall land management of the property.   The workshop will be led by Scott Gerrish,  the Forester who oversaw the harvest; Chris Capone, the DCR Service Forester for the region; and Michele Girard, Associate Director of Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions. 


Topics to be covered:

·         Understanding a Conservation Commission's role implementing the Forest Cutting Practices Act

·         Learning how to read and review a Forest Cutting Plan

·         Translating what's described in the plan to actual practices on the ground

·         Providing guidance to landowners to help inform decisions about the future of their land 


Questions?   Contact Michele Girard at or 617-489-3930 

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