DCR Continuing Forestry Education Credits

Past DCR Continuing Forestry Ed Credits 9/25/10 "Farm, Field and Forest:
Living with the Land"

Tom Ryan, Service Forester for the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Forester Licensing Board determined that a total of 7 continuing forestry education credits could be offered to foresters and timber harvesters for "Farm, Field and Forest: Living with the Land" workshops held at the Orange Town Hall, 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.   All presentations were free and open to the public.

Hopefully, future programs will also offer DCR Continuing Forestry Ed Credits.

Massachusetts law requires that foresters and timber harvesters (loggers) obtain continuing education credits in order to maintain their licenses. Licensed foresters must complete an average of at least 20 continuing forestry education credits per year. Timber harvesters must obtain 9 continuing education credits every three years.

Joe Smith, past director of the Forest and Wood Products Institute, was in charge of offering a certificate to attending foresters and timber harvesters.  If they did not participate for the entire meeting, the breakdown of the credit/category for each session was as follows:

Agenda - Topic CFE credits/category

9:00 - 9:45 Sustenance hunting and fishing  - 0.75 category 2

10:00 - 10:45 Trailblazing and hiking/ equestrian trails - 0.75 category 2

11:00 - 12:30 Energy: Sustainable energies and conservation - 1.5 category 1

12:30 - 1:00 Lunch - No credit

1:00 - 1:45 Jack Dempsey on 17th century sustainable wildlife, forestry and farming management as
practiced by Native Americans - 0.75 category 1

2:00 - 2:30 David King, wildlife biologist - Need for early successional forests in terms of wildlife habitat - 0.5 category 1

3:00 - 3:20 Herm Eck - PowerPoint on DCR Quabbin forest management - 0.25 category 1

3:30 – 4:00 Panel discussion on need for sustainable forest management - 0.5 category 1

4:00 - 4:30 Steve Alves - Talk/video "Food for Change" Story of food coop - 0.5 category 2

4:30 - 5:00 Sustainable farming panel discussion - 0.5 category 2

5:00 - 6:00 Panel Discussion - Building sustainable landbased economies - 1.0 category 1

Along with the Orange Town Hall presentations, "Farm, Field and Forest: Living with the Land" also featured an art/photography exhibit, musical performances, and talks on the history and people of the Quabbin towns at the White Elephant, 19 East Main Street, Orange, MA from noon to 5:00 pm. 

"Farm, Field and Forest" is organized by Genevieve Fraser, a former exhibits developer for the New England Science Center and environmental technical writer who was awarded an Environmental Commendation for her work on Massachusetts Acid Rain Awareness Weeks.   In 1997, she was commissioned by the Commonwealth to write the ecotheater drama, "Giants in the Wilderness with John Muir" as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Forest and Park System. 

For further information, visit http://www.farmfieldforest.org/ or contact Genevieve Fraser at (978) 544-1872.