Women on the Land



Women on the Land aims to build a network of female landowners and stewards in Massachusetts and provide opportunities for education and connection. We host events throughout the year and encourage women to foster relationships with each other and their land. 



Join the Women on the Land Listserv:

The Women on the Land listserv is intended for the use of sharing information and discussion of land conservation, forestry, ecology for female landowners, professionals, and others interested in these topics. You must be a Women on the Land listserv member in order to post messages or search the archives. 

To join the listserv, please email paulcat@umass.edu stating your name and why you are interested in joining the listserv. 

Listserv guidelines: This listserv is monitored, but is public. To send a message to the listserv, enter "womenontheland@groups.umass.edu" into your email. Please keep messages relevant. Keep in mind, hitting "reply" will send a message to the entire listserv. 


Upcoming Events:

Women's Chainsaw Safety Course- RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2022

Women on the Land, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, North County Land Trust, and the Hubbardston Open Space Committee is offering a two-day chainsaw safety course to build proficiency for beginning women chainsaw users. Work together with a small group of fellow female landowners to learn about personal protective equipment, parts of the saw, methods for handling and starting a saw, and basic cutting techniques. This course is intended for beginners and aimed at women who own and steward land in Massachusetts. 

When: Saturday, November 20 – Sunday, November 21 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Hubbardston, MA. Driving directions will be sent after registration

Cost: Free!

Registration is limited to 15 participants, so please register early. Click HERE to register. 


Resources and information from previous events:

  • "Women on the Land" is a new publication that aims to help women landowners better understand their woodlands and make informed decisions to meet their goals. Based on interviews with women landowners and forestry professionals across the eastern United States, the publication aims to identify some of the most common questions, goals, and challenges of women landowners. Download "Women on the Land" PDF or request a free copy by emailing Olivia Lukacic.

  • New England Forest Ecology Webinar (January 19, 2021): Learning about the ecology of your woodland is an exciting and engaging way to interact with your property. It also provides an excellent foundation from which to understand your stewardship options better. This webinar will include a presentation from Emma Sass, a research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation/ USDA Forest Service’s Family Forest Research Center (FFRC).

  • Women Owning Woodlands Network Entomology Series: This series highlights a common insect impacting forests throughout the U.S paired with an interview of a woman landowner who has had to address that insect in managing her forest. ​​​​​​

This work is funded through the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Working Forest Initiative.