Are you concerned about managing woodlands in a way that will improve – not threaten – the health of the forest? Would you like to increase wildlife habitat? Sustainably harvest your own firewood or timber? Are you hoping to reduce your property taxes while retaining your woodlands as forest? Are you looking for funding to help you develop a forest management plan that will meet your specific goals?
The Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program will host a free informational “Walk in the Woods” on Saturday November 6, from 9 AM to noon at the Purchase Street section of the Weston Memorial Town Forest in Middleborough. This is an opportunity for landowners, Conservation Commission and Land Trust members, and the general public to see first-hand examples of sustainable forestry in woodland typical of this part of Massachusetts.
Robert Lessard, Chair of the WMTF Committee, will speak about the history of the 281-acre woodland and the Town’s interest in increasing hiking and equestrian access, while creating an excellent demonstration forest for educational purposes. Philip Benjamin, licensed Consulting Forester, will describe the process of developing a 10-year management plan to meet the goals of the Town of Middleborough. Mr. Benjamin will then lead a walk on the well-maintained trails, and explain the forest management practices being implemented as part of the Forest Stewardship Plan.
MA Forest Stewardship Program staff will be on hand to provide information about the Massachusetts Working Forest Initiative. Since 2008, the program has provided close to half a million dollars to private and municipal landowners in the Commonwealth who requested funding for forest management planning. In many cases, the Forest Stewardship Program can reimburse a landowner for the full cost of a new 10-year management plan.
Pre-registration for the Weston Memorial Town Forest “Walk in the Woods” is not required, but is appreciated. Those who register by November 4 will receive a free copy of either “A Woodlot Owner’s Guide” or “A Guide to Invasive Plants in Massachusetts” (registrant’s choice; each a $5 value). For more information and to register for a “Walk in the Woods” call the Forest Stewardship Program office at 413-256-1201 or email MarcheterreFluet@BerkshirePioneerRCD.org.