This unique annual event promises to engage and foster partnerships between the diverse professionals and volunteers that play a collaborative role in the management of community forests, including foresters, planners, arborists, conservation commission members, land trusts, non-profit organizations, forest landowners, and many more. Pre-registration required to receive FREE LUNCH.
This event is co-hosted by the Town of Sherborn, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the USDA Forest Service.
Click HERE to register for the 2019 Town Forest Conference!
Click HERE for the 2019 Massachusetts Town Forest Conference Save the Date Flyer.
Click HERE to view the 2019 Town Forest Conference Schedule of Events.
Click HERE for the 2019 Town Forest Program
Morning registration will be from 8:30am - 9am at the Sherborn Community Center.
Morning and Afternoon Activities will be at the Barber Reservation from 9am-3:30pm.
What is the Mass. Town Forest Conference?
In 1928, the first conference of town forest committees was organized by the Massachusetts Forestry Association and convened in Boston. Albert Cline, Assistant Director of Harvard Forest, stressed that weeding and releasing were the most important silvicultural treatments for improving the quality of timber stands. Claude Tillotson, a forest inspector for the U.S. Forest Service stationed in Amherst, MA, placed special emphasis on the ability of town forest committees to demonstrate the practical value of forest management. The state’s town forest committees convened annually between 1928 and 1961. Click HERE for a timeline of New England town forests.
In 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and the Bay State Forestry Service celebrate the centennial of the Town Forest Act of 1913. With financial support from the Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program and the USDA Forest Service, the conference convened in Fitchburg, MA where participants toured the first town forest established under the 1913 law.
“Re-establishing” the town forest conference has been a great way to connect communities to the importance of open space and active forest stewardship. The concept for “re-establishing” the town forest conference came from "Thinking in Forest Time" by Charles Foster and David Foster. Each town forest conference since 2013 is unique to the community where it takes place. At its core the event highlights accomplishments and provides an opportunity for people to network and connect about importance of community forests and forestry.