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Managing Massachusetts Forests: 

Conservation, Stewardship, and Regulation

      Saturday, October 29, 2016 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, Holyoke, MA


Fall Conference 2016 was a great success!


More than 120 people attended the conference. It received high marks from participants. These are a few of the many positive evaluations:

  •  “Great speakers and presentation.”
  •  “Great content and speakers.”
  • “Loved seeing lots of photos showing on-the-ground examples of forestry practices and conditions.”
  •  “Lots of good materials. Lots of new, to me, information. Forestry was a great topic idea.”
  • “Lots of pertinent, understandable information.”
  • “Excellent networking opportunity.”
  • “Thank you for hosting a great program!”


The Conference opened with Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy giving opening remarks about DCR's Forestry Program and Massachusetts forests.

Then, David R. Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest, professor, ecologist, and author of many books, gave an inspiring and informative keynote address, Wildlands and Woodlands: The Argument and Prospects for Forest Conservation in New England.

Later speakers discussed managing forests, forestry best management practices, how to read a forest cutting plan, and the interaction of the Wetlands Protection Act and Forestry Cutting Practices Act. We heard from the people who planned an innovative project at the Bearsden Conservation Area: Logging for Wildlife. Participants also chose from among one of three breakout sessions: the challenges of managing forest pests; protecting unprotected forest land with Chapter 61; and forest resiliency in an uncertain future.

You can download the complete Conference Agenda and Speaker Bios HERE.

You can download the opening Slide Show HERE.

You can download an annotated list of References and Resources to supplement the conference materials HERE.

Proceedings of the conference are free of charge to conference participants and available for purchase by others. Email for more information.

See photos of the conference HERE.

Read our essay inspired by the conference: Is There a Forest in Your Future?



  • Eugene B. Benson, Executive Director, MACC
  • David Cameron, Wetlands and Waterways Program Section Chief, MA DEP Western Regional Office
  • Paul Catanzaro, Extension Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Jennifer Fish, Director, Service Forestry Program, MA DCR
  • David R. Foster, Director of Harvard Forest
  • Ken Gooch, Forest Health Program Director, MA DCR
  • Cynthia Henshaw, Executive Director, East Quabbin Land Trust
  • Scott Jackson, Extension Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation, MACC Officer
  •  David B. Kittredge, Professor and Extension Forester, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Sean Libbey, Service Forester, DCR
  • Michael Mauri, Massachusetts Licensed Forester and independent forestry consultant
  • Leo Roy, Commissioner, DCR
  • Tom Ryan, DCR Service Forester; Administrator, Massachusetts Timber Harvester Licensing Program
  • Dave Small, President, Athol Bird and Nature Club; Director, Millers River Environmental Center; Associate Member Athol Conservation Commission



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