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New for Winter &  Spring 2017- Multiple programs for Woodland Landowners


 Spring has officially arrived! As we prepare to leave the comfort of our dwellings and return to work in and experience nature, it is only fitting that MassConn has organized three Woods Walks to help facilitate the transition from winter to spring, and to provide landowners like you with opportunities to learn from your peers about forestry, forest management, and conservation.

 Dates and times for the woods walks are as follows:

  1. POSTPONED April 15th from 1pm to 4pm with Woodland Ambassadors Ron and LuAnne Benoit in West Brookfield
    1. Topics include navigating NRCS grants, timber harvests, invasive species management, and Gypsy moths
  1. May 13th from 1pm to 3pm with landowner and hunter Richard Julian in Warren
    1. Topics include navigating NRCS grants, sugar bush creation and maple syruping, invasive species management, and facilitating deer habitat
  2. May 20th from 9am to 12pm at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Wales
    1. Topics include using forestry to promote early successional habitat

 Interested?! Please RSVP directly to me either by responding to this email or by calling (508) 347-9144 ext. 3 to get directions to these woods walks. We’ll also be providing refreshments to participants, so let me know if you’ll be coming so I can bring enough snacks.

Spring program invite letter 1.17

POSTPONED Harvest & Habitat Walk at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary: On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. Check back soon for a rescheduled date to join Dan Donahue, Director of Land Protection & Stewardship for a Harvest & Habitat Walk at Whaleback Ridge management area. Learn about creating healthy woods and wildlife habitat for the long view. Contact Lisa Hayden to register at or 978-952-6856 ext. 121.

Past Events:

Your Land Your Legacy





Harvest Hike during The Last Green Valley’s Walktober: New England Forestry Foundation will host a hike on Sat. Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Goodell-Morse Memorial Forest in Woodstock, CT, on Route 198, just south of the MA/CT state line. Director of Forest Stewardship Chris Pryor will lead a 2.5-3 mile hike through trees marked for sustainable timber harvest cheap air max. Enjoy views from Hatchet Hill en route to a state boundary marker on one of more than 140 community forests that NEFF has conserved with landowners since 1944

All Partner’s Meeting
Friday, September 9, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:30

hosted by:
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
30 Peck Road
Wales, MA

August 25th-  Harvest Walk at Norcross Sanctuary

Landowners are invited from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, for a summer’s evening walk through the Folded Hills Forest, Holland, MA, where the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is managing woodlands to promote wildlife habitat for the long term. Join Dan Donahue, Director of Land Protection & Stewardship, for a walk through a harvest area where practices are considering drought tolerance and diversity of tree species in light of a changing climate. Space is limited so contact Lisa Hayden at or 978-952-6856 ext. 121 to sign up and receive details on where to meet.

Join us in June 2016 at these upcoming events:




Winter 2016 Newsletter includes upcoming events and an update on MassConn’s progress with partners New England Forest Foundation & American Forest Foundation


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