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  • Branching Out: Trees As Art - New England Forestry Foundation
    Volunteer Form Our Initiatives Path to Sustainability Heart of New England Conservation Highlights Pingree Forest Partnership Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership Special Programs Explore our Woods Explore our Forests Recreation Guidelines Harvest Walks Safety in our Woods Volunteer Hunting FAQs Hunting on Our Land Support our Work Donate Leave a Legacy Volunteer Events Resources The Place You Call Home Massachusetts Forest Scenarios Study News Room Publications For Landowners General Resources Connecticut landowners Maine landowners Massachusetts landowners New Hampshire landowners Vermont landowners For Foresters For Land Trusts Land Trust Toolkit 1 0 Hawley FAQs Blog Into the Woods The Deep Woods Into the Woods The Deep Woods Branching Out Trees As Art Details Created 18 September 2014 View Comments By Kearstin Bailey Philosopher Alan Watts once said that If you go off into a far far forest and get very quiet you ll come to understand that you re connected with everything For thousands of years mankind has used the forest as inspiration for everything from cave paintings to master works of art Later this month the theme of trees in art will be explored yet again by a host of contemporary artists at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts in an exhibition called Branching Out Trees as Art The show will explore many ways in which contemporary artists are inspired by the forest around them and how sometimes the forest itself makes an ideal medium to express this connection and sense of creativity that comes from trees There will be over 30 works in the show made of things such as leaves wood roots biosignals and more The installation of Branching Out is currently underway and the show will officially open to the public on September 27 2014 and will run through September 20 2015 Opening

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  • From Local to Global - NEFF's Annual Celebration - New England Forestry Foundation
    Events Resources The Place You Call Home Massachusetts Forest Scenarios Study News Room Publications For Landowners General Resources Connecticut landowners Maine landowners Massachusetts landowners New Hampshire landowners Vermont landowners For Foresters For Land Trusts Land Trust Toolkit 1 0 Hawley FAQs Blog Into the Woods The Deep Woods Into the Woods The Deep Woods From Local to Global NEFF s Annual Celebration Details Created 23 June 2014 View Comments By Frank Lowenstein New England Forestry Foundation s annual meeting on June 5th ranged from the global to the local Keynote speaker Jeremy Grantham laid out key problems facing us on a global scale and how climate change will accentuate future challenges Grantham whose success as an investor has depended on his remarkable abilities to pick out price trends believes that we are entering an era of increasing resource scarcity and associated rise in the price of certain key components of the global economy particularly oil with consequent ripples throughout the economy Grantham punctuated his talk with charts showing for example declining rates of growth in agricultural production and limitations on the availability of basic commodities such as phosphate rock crucial for agricultural production Grantham punctuated his talk with jokes and humor noting at one point regarding his early call on rising commodity prices I was the first to say Dude the price of stuff is going up From Grantham s global perspective we turned to the regional with the roll out of NEFF s new report New England Forests The Path to Sustainability The report shows the benefits of forests to all residents of the region and outlines billions of dollars of economic benefits The report echoes Grantham s talk with chapters detailing the role that renewable forest resources can play in combating climate change and reducing our use of

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  • The Greening of America: Revisited and Revised - New England Forestry Foundation
    t It was titled before the first Earth Day and before the word green developed its current cachet As a student in Charley s class at Yale I learned the book was primarily about a shift in human consciousness and rarely mentioned the environment But as I reconsider his book through my years as an environmental advocate I have come to believe it really has everything to do with how we relate to the natural world In today s lexicon Reich s book would be better titled The Rejuvenation of American Consciousness because what he was really trying to do was to wake people up to a new way of being in American society that included a broad range of personal and political freedoms as well as how we relate to and care for the natural world In fact the publication was held up because of concern over the title but it wasn t an environmental concern In those days the term Greening had not yet taken on the connotation it has today the process of making decisions based on or becoming more aware of environmental considerations It was the spring of 1970 and Charley who was at the height of his fame often came to class barefoot His course was eventually so popular that I had to win a lottery to enroll The first Earth Day was still a few months away Events ticked off in rapid succession that spring Protest to the Vietnam War had reached a boiling point My roommates and I had just received our draft lottery numbers and I was happy it was one lottery I didn t win The Black Panther trial had reached the New Haven Court House a few blocks from my dorm room An upstairs neighbor a member of the Weather Underground was arrested for plotting to blow up the campus post office which was below our room Another neighbor died on an acid trip Rumor had it that the Black Panther Party s campus headquarters was housed in the room below ours At a Black Panther s rally at Ingalls Arena their musclemen beat a white student on stage Then there was the massive rally on the New Haven Green the decision of Yale President Kingman Brewster to open the gates of the campus to visiting protesters the killings at Kent State with subsequent increase in the campus resistance to the war and ultimately the cancellation of classes for the year Amid the chaos was the world s first Earth Day with its local venue on the New Haven Green As I reconsider Charley s book I now see the link to our environmental consciousness At the time however he was proposing that American culture was blooming into a new and third wave of conscious awareness The first stage was epitomized by independence as demonstrated by our Founding Fathers small farmers and businessmen Stage two involved lock step adherence to the conservative societal norms and large institutions that arose before

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  • The Elixir of Spring - New England Forestry Foundation
    The Elixir of Spring Details Created 17 March 2014 View Comments by Eben Sypitkowski Maple syrup gets a lot of attention this time of year in New England and deservedly so But since it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup boiling down my own sap can demand a lot of my time sitting by my electric stove watching the sap boil and my wallpaper melt away The windows fog up and my carbon footprint expands So I drink sap The process is quite simple and doesn t require the evaporators vacuum pumps filter presses or reverse osmosis systems now common to syrup production You need a cordless drill or hand auger a tap a drill bit a bucket a mallet and a maple tree You can make your own tap out of sumac or elderberry or find them at many feed or hardware stores Why It tastes good And taken with a measure of sunshine drinking it fuels the resurgence of an invigorating springtime rush of energy The tree need not be a sugar maple though in our area they have a higher sugar content than other maples and therefore taste better Drill 1 ¾ to 2 deep at a slight upward angle stick the tap in give it a gentle knock with the mallet hang the bucket and if the weather cooperates watch the sap flow Instant gratification just as my millennial generation has come to expect In a few minutes you can savor the sweetness of spring If a healthy tree is properly tapped the hole should heal over within a year In the same way I have trouble eating just one potato chip I can t stop drinking the subtle sugary water once I start which is no curse since sap straight

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  • Find your favorite NEFF forest with our new online map - New England Forestry Foundation
    Woods Explore our Forests Recreation Guidelines Harvest Walks Safety in our Woods Volunteer Hunting FAQs Hunting on Our Land Support our Work Donate Leave a Legacy Volunteer Events Resources The Place You Call Home Massachusetts Forest Scenarios Study News Room Publications For Landowners General Resources Connecticut landowners Maine landowners Massachusetts landowners New Hampshire landowners Vermont landowners For Foresters For Land Trusts Land Trust Toolkit 1 0 Hawley FAQs Blog Into the Woods The Deep Woods Into the Woods The Deep Woods Find your favorite NEFF forest with our new online map Details Created 25 February 2014 View Comments by Eben Sypitkowski Exploring our forests just became a little easier Our new web map launched this week enables you to check out where our forests are located and where we ve completed conservation easement projects Click on a tree and you will find links to each forest s web page and in many cases a separate link to the most current Forest Management Plan for that forest These plans have been created by licensed foresters according to NEFF s Regional Management Plan which will be posted soon You can also pan to see which of our forests are located close to your home As always we invite respectful public visits to all of our forestlands I used ESRI s ArcOnline to create this map and chose OpenStreetMaps OSM as the base layer You can change this view via the top toolbar to topography aerial imagery or a host of others I am a fan of OSM because it is a free crowd sourced tool that is constantly gaining detail as regular folks post more trails parks and buildings Below is a zoomed in snip from OSM of our Prouty Woods Community Forest in Littleton MA where our offices are located Not

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  • A Response to the Tax Exempt Status of Conservation Land in Massachusetts - New England Forestry Foundation
    those who have opened the newspaper as of late there s a distinct possibility that readers have noticed articles and commentary regarding NEFF s efforts to protect forested lands in New England In particular a matter before the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts could determine whether Massachusetts charitable tax exemption statute affords tax exempt status to real estate owned by a bona fide conservation charity like NEFF This statute is extremely important in that conservation organizations have relied on it for decades Over fifty years ago the Supreme Judicial Court considered another case involving NEFF Carroll v Commissioner of Corporations and Taxation and specifically ruled that NEFF s efforts to protect conserve and sustainably manage New England s forestland are work for the public good and charitable work within the meaning of the tax exemption statute This remains as true today as it was fifty years ago Today NEFF owns and manages over 7 315 acres of forestland in Hawley and 36 other Massachusetts towns The Commonwealth spends an average of more than 30 million dollars each year on land conservation often on projects undertaken in coordination with non profit charitable organizations The Commonwealth would have to spend far more if it had to work without the substantial assistance of charitable conservation organizations like NEFF NEFF s Hawley forest which is currently at issue before the Supreme Judicial Court and which is bordered on three sides by the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest is a perfect example of the way in which charitably held conservation land expands and enhances the Commonwealth s own conservation efforts at little to no cost to taxpayers NEFF s Hawley forest is open to the public as is most conservation land in Massachusetts But public benefit is about more than public access Conservation land benefits all

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  • Score one for the trees...and the Gaia hypothesis - New England Forestry Foundation
    landowners Massachusetts landowners New Hampshire landowners Vermont landowners For Foresters For Land Trusts Land Trust Toolkit 1 0 Hawley FAQs Blog Into the Woods The Deep Woods Into the Woods The Deep Woods Score one for the trees and the Gaia hypothesis Details Created 12 February 2014 View Comments By Frank Lowenstein Score one for trees and for the Gaia hypothesis the theory that life on earth helps stabilize conditions on our planet keeping it a pleasant place for well life on earth Trees play many important roles in keeping conditions stable Over their long lives and sometimes for decades afterwards they vacuum up and immobilize carbon dioxide that comes out of the tailpipes of cars the chimneys of our homes and the smoke stacks of powerplants On a daily time scale scientists have found that trees can actively cool their leaves even in extreme heat keeping the whole forest cool by evaporating more water from their leaves And minute by minute any winter sports fan can tell you that trees help stabilize temperatures and reduce winds a benefit you really appreciate after skiing across a lake or a farm field Now scientists have found that trees regulate climate over hundreds of thousands of years too helping keep the earth s climate stable in the very long run It turns out that when the earth runs a fever and temperatures warm up leaves branches and other litter under trees decompose more quickly The trees have to send their roots deeper into the mineral soil in search of nutrients and that in turn speeds the weathering of rocks extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the process there s a good explanation of the chemistry here Less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cools the planet down Conversely if temperatures cool too

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