News and Events

Save the Date: All Partners meeting will be on September 27th, 2019 at The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary.
June 2019
Three upcoming MassConn events- All FREE – and everyone is invited!
Join Your Neighbors at these June events for Landowners.
Take some time to think about your goals for your land – and get outside for a walk!
RSVP to reserve your spot for these events and receive directions at least a full day before each event.  Email Lisa Hayden or call 978-952-6856 ext.121 OR Ed Hood 508-347-9144.
Thursday, June 6th: 6:00 – 8:00 pm:
Your Land, Your Legacy: Estate Planning for Woodland Owners;
Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main St., Southbridge
Learn about tools to help plan your land’s future, such as passing your land to heirs or conserving it from development. RSVP to Ed Hood or by phone: 508-347-9144, or online HERE
Thursday, June 13th: 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Woodland Wildlife & Resilience Walk at Wetherill Woods
Southbridge, MA
(Directions will be provided with RSVP)
Join Forester Jackie Kulig and landowner Ted Wetherill to learn about managing woods for bird habitat, timber and changing conditions.  RSVP by clicking HERE.
Saturday, June 29th: 10:00 am – Noon:
Weeds, Wood & Wild Things: A Walk at Morneau Farm;
Opacum Land Trust’s Morneau Farm in Southbridge, MA
(Directions will be provided with RSVP)
Learn about managing invasive plants and promoting bird habitat as Forester Scott Gerrish leads a walk through a timber harvest site on this recently conserved property. RSVP by clicking HERE.

November 1, 2018: Funding available for landowners to have a forest management plan with a bird habitat assessment done.

If you own ten or more acres of forested land and would like to have a long-term management plan for your woods, customized to your goals, and including a “Foresters For the Birds” habitat assessment, funding may be available for you through the Southern New England Heritage Forest Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

MassConn Coordinator and Opacum Land Trust Executive Director, Ed Hood, is one of the three lead-partners for this program, overseeing its implementation in Massachusetts. The program can provide a trained professional to assist you at no cost in assessing your eligibility for this program and to submit an application.

Find out more and download an application.

Dark-eyed Junco

Conservation Grants Boost Land Protection in Cross-state Region
Blue Sky Award Honors MassConn Sustainable Forests Partnership
MassConn- Cox Blue Sky Press Release FINAL 01-30-18

New Harvard Forest Report: Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities

The Harvard Forest, Highstead Foundation, and authors from around New England released a new report called “Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities” on September 19. The report articulates a broad view of conservation that fully embraces farmlands and the built environment and recognizes the region’s diverse conservation needs and challenges. The report shows that New England lost an average of 24,000 acres of forest and farmland per year between 1990 and 2010. It reports that public funding for conservation dropped by 50% from the peak in 2008 and in 2014 was slightly below 2004 levels. Despite these trends, the report shows that the original Wildlands and Woodlands vision is still achievable and calls for tripling of the current pace of conservation, reversing public funding trends, and putting more land to work for sustainable forestry and farming. The report ends with hopeful signs such as the long-standing public support for land protection, the growing network of community based regional conservation partnerships, the distinct flavor of conservation in New England that explicitly recognizes the value of working lands, and emerging policy and finance opportunities. The new report, a video about the report, and supporting material can be viewed or downloaded free at

Benoit woods walk flyer invite 9.30.17

Saturday, June 24, 2017 
Woods Walk with Tree Farmers and Landowners Richard & Debra Julian
Warren, MA

Do you enjoy walking through the woods and connecting with other landowners like you? Are you interested in learning about simple and easy tools to manage your land?
Join Opacum Land Trust and the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership for a woods walk with landowners and tree farmers Richard and Debra Julian in Warren! This event is FREE and open to the public. The woods walk will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from large-scale invasive species management, facilitating habitat for game species, firewood operations, and sugar-bush reclamation for maple syrup production. This program will occur at 60 Reed Street in Warren, MA on Saturday, June 24th from 1pm to 3pm. Please note this program will occur rain or shine, so please be prepared with suitable clothing and footwear for a walk in the woods.

Interested? Please RSVP directly to Sarah Brodeur, Regional Conservation Coordinator for the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership at or at (508) 347-9144 ext 3.  

Woodland Ambassador training on Thursday, June 29th  in Ware at Studio 13 (located at 13 Church Street, Ware MA) .

  • Occurring from 6:00 to 8:30pm
  • Topics including forest management and ways to improve or maintain forest health on your own land. A light dinner and informational program about healthy forests and their management.
  • A light dinner will be served!

Interested?! To RSVP and for more information, please contact Ed Hood at or 508-347-9144 (extension 3 – please leave a detailed message and how to contact you) or Sarah Brodeur, Regional Conservation Coordinator for the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership at or at (508) 347-9144 ext 3.

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. 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

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