The Massachusetts Forest Alliance (MFA) was founded in 2012 for the purpose of representing and advocating for citizens and businesses who support a strong, sustainable forest economy. Three previously separate groups (the Massachusetts Wood Producers Association, the Massachusetts Association of Professional Foresters, and the Massachusetts Forest Landowners Association) voted to combine their resources into one organization, to provide a unified and consistent voice in matters of forest policy.
The Massachusetts Forest Alliance will promote the adoption and understanding of policies that support a strong, sustainable forest economy, responsible forest management practices, and the continuation of working forests on public and private lands.
MFA also implements the Tree Farm Program in Massachusetts.
Professional Forestry Organizations
The Foresters Council is a group of MFA Professional Members who advise the MFA Board of Directors on issues and policy specific to foresters and forest management in Massachusetts. The Foresters Council is made up of licensed Massachusetts Foresters who, through education, training and experience, have demonstrated their knowledge and ability in managing forest resources to benefit both landowners and the community at large.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
The Forest Guild promotes ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Guild provides training, policy analysis, and research to foster excellence in stewardship, to support practicing foresters and allied professionals, and to engage a broader community in the challenges of forest conservation and management.
Forest Industry Organization
The Wood Producers Council is a group of MFA Professional Members who advise the MFA Board of Directors on issues and policy specific to licensed timber harvesters, timber harvesting and the forest industry in Massachusetts. The Wood Producers Council is made up of licensed Massachusetts Timber Harvesters and owners of forest businesses who, through education, training and experience, have demonstrated their knowledge and ability to harvest and utilize forest resources to benefit both landowners and the community at large in a constantly changing economic environment.