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Invasive Forest Pest Workshop - Belgrade

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:34:21 EDT

This workshop will help landowners and users, landscape and forest professionals, and all residents of the state to

  • identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species,
  • to understand the threats to our forests and woodlands posed by these pests, and
  • learn how to report suspected pest sightings or damage to trees that may be a result of pest infestations.

All participants will receive an information packet with fact sheets about the major pest species, a list of host trees that the species may be found on, and other relevant information. Depending on what is available in "the village" we may have live examples to few outside.

Who should attend?
Naturalists, loggers, foresters, tree wardens, conservation commissions, landscape/nursery professionals, land stewards

Light refreshments provided

Recertification credits
Free credits available from SAF and BPC




Invasive Forest Pest Workshop - Belgrade

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:34:10 EDT

This workshop will help landowners and users, landscape and forest professionals, and all residents of the state to

  • identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species,
  • to understand the threats to our forests and woodlands posed by these pests, and
  • learn how to report suspected pest sightings or damage to trees that may be a result of pest infestations.

All participants will receive an information packet with fact sheets about the major pest species, a list of host trees that the species may be found on, and other relevant information. Depending on what is available in "the village" we may have live examples to few outside.

Who should attend?
Naturalists, loggers, foresters, tree wardens, conservation commissions, landscape/nursery professionals, land stewards

Light refreshments provided

Recertification credits
Free credits available from SAF and BPC




Waldo County Small-scale Forest Stewardship Field Tour - Thorndike

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:33:43 EDT

Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Maine Forest Service are co-sponsoring a series of short field tours to highlight forest stewardship and conservation practices used by private landowners, beginning in July. Many landowners have quietly been implementing a wide variety of careful, long-term management activities and techniques for years to enhance their woodlands' productivity, habitat, and beauty for decades to come. Some activities require considerable labor and resources, but others do not. These short tours are open to landowners, foresters, loggers, and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands. The tours will provide a brief, two-hour introduction to the landowners and their goals, often with the forester and/or harvester working with the landowner. They will offer participants a chance to see some of the interesting work they have done, ask questions, and gather ideas for how to manage their own woods.

The next tour scheduled is:

Thursday, September 28, 3-5 p.m. - Johnson Farm, Thorndike. Landowners Travis and Katie Johnson will talk about management of their 400-acre farm, in family ownership since the 1700s. Travis will describe his computerized timber inventory tracking system which increases his ability to track the value of his trees. He'll also display the Wallenstein log trailer which enables him to adjust his harvest approach and respond to specialized forest product markets. Meet at Johnson Farm on Works Road, approx. 2.5 miles west of Route 7 (Valley Road), just over the Thorndike/Jackson town line.

The tours are free and open to the public. They will involve walking in the woods and will occur rain or shine, so please dress for field conditions. Parking is limited so please consider carpooling if you can. For more information contact Aleta McKeague, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 207.338.1964 or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service at 207.441.2895.




Waldo County Small-scale Forest Stewardship Field Tour - Searsmont

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:32:11 EDT

Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Maine Forest Service are co-sponsoring a series of short field tours to highlight forest stewardship and conservation practices used by private landowners, beginning in July. Many landowners have quietly been implementing a wide variety of careful, long-term management activities and techniques for years to enhance their woodlands' productivity, habitat, and beauty for decades to come. Some activities require considerable labor and resources, but others do not. These short tours are open to landowners, foresters, loggers, and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands. The tours will provide a brief, two-hour introduction to the landowners and their goals, often with the forester and/or harvester working with the landowner. They will offer participants a chance to see some of the interesting work they have done, ask questions, and gather ideas for how to manage their own woods.

The next tour scheduled is:

Thursday, August 24, 3-5 p.m. - Jon Robbins Woodlot, Searsmont. Landowner, licensed forester and professional logger Jon Robbins will guide us through his approach to light, commercial thinning, particularly of white pine stands, which he has repeated multiple times over many years. We'll also look at treatments he's initiated in younger stands. The results of Jon's careful, skilled work will provide food for further discussion of planning, silviculture, growth, equipment, and markets for various products. Meet at the property on Moody Mountain Road, approx. 0.7 miles east of the intersection with Route 131.

Upcoming tours

Thursday, September 28, 3-5 p.m. - Johnson Farm, Thorndike. Landowners Travis and Katie Johnson will talk about management of their 400-acre farm, in family ownership since the 1700s. Travis will describe his computerized timber inventory tracking system which increases his ability to track the value of his trees. He'll also display the Wallenstein log trailer which enables him to adjust his harvest approach and respond to specialized forest product markets. Meet at Johnson Farm on Works Road, approx. 2.5 miles west of Route 7 (Valley Road), just over the Thorndike/Jackson town line.

The tours are free and open to the public. They will involve walking in the woods and will occur rain or shine, so please dress for field conditions. Parking is limited so please consider carpooling if you can. For more information contact Aleta McKeague, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 207.338.1964 or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service at 207.441.2895.




Mushroom Foray at the Yankee Woodlot in Skowhegan

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:28:37 EDT

Please join the Upper Kennebec Valley chapter as we go on a mushroom foray with mycologist Michaeline Mulvey of the Maine Mycological Society. Michaeline has led a few of these for our chapter and she is full of great information. She will lead us on a foray that will include identification, an explanation of a mushrooms' place in the forest ecosystem, and ethical harvesting. Bring questions and mushrooms. Be prepared for bushwhacking. Also useful: basket, knife, paper bags, hand lens, notebook, field guide. Meet at Somerset County Extension office, between Margaret Chase Smith Library and KVCAP office at 7 County Drive off the Back road in Skowhegan. This is a rain or shine event, and no need to pre-register, just show up to learn mushrooms! Any questions contact Patty Cormier, 592-2238 or email - patty.cormier@maine.gov



Addin' Tree Rings Tree Farm Celebrates 40 Years of Active Forest Management - East Dixfield

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 07:55:08 EDT

On Saturday, August 19th at 10 a.m. you are invited to join the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Maine Woodland Owners (MWO) Association to walk around Addin Rings Tree Farm in East Dixfield. Landowner/MWO member and Tree Farmer Ben Welch will give us a tour of the Forestry practices he has implemented over the last 40 years. Some lessons for the day will include mapping, inventory and timber stand improvement (TSI). Harvesting in the past has included species selection, thinning, firewood cuts and biomass harvesting to create small clearcuts to encourage pine and oak regeneration. We will also see the results of many years of pruning. The management done has improved wildlife habitat as well. We will also discuss government funding for such practices that have been done on this property including forest road access. So many subjects to cover! This is a great opportunity to see the results of 40 years of practices and get some ideas for your own woodlot.

Directions: Follow Rt. 4 into North Jay, or Rt. 2 into East Dixfield to Rt. 17. Turn east from Rt. 2 or west from Rt. 4 onto Rt. 17 and look for signs on the Morse Hill Road directing you to the woodlot.

Any questions contact Patty Cormier at 592-2238, or patty.cormier@maine.gov. This is a rain or shine event, free to all, an open to all, no need to pre-register.




Maine's 1947 fires - 70th anniversary

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:51:34 EDT

On October 17 and 18, 2017, the Maine Forest Service is partnering with the Northeast Forest Fire Compact, the National Park Service, the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an event in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The theme is "The Great Acadia Fire - 70 years later - lessons and future challenges." The event will include lectures, discussions and a field trip in areas where the historic fire occurred. This is a unique opportunity for the wildland fire community to increase public awareness about fire history in Maine and the importance of advanced preparedness.

For more information visit:
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The 1947 fires in Maine consumed over 200,000 acres of forest and fields, leveled 9 communities and left 16 people dead. On the 70th anniversary of the fire, a discussion and tour will be held in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.