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Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact offering "Wildfire in the Northeast" workshop December 6 - 8, 2016

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:37:18 EDT

This workshop is the result of a combined effort between the Mid Atlantic Forest Fire Protection Compact and the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Compact. The target audience is Fire Prevention Specialists, Fire Fighters ( both structural and wildland) and Community Leaders interested in preventing wildfires near homes. The location will be Mystic, Ct, which was chosen because it is located centrally between the two Compacts. Scholarships are available to help with registration and lodging. Please contact Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson for more information 207-287-4989 (email kent.nelson@maine.gov) or visit http://www.northeastwildfire.org/.

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Maine Forest Service hosting "Firewise" workshop in Bangor Oct 18 and 19, 2016

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:30:30 EDT

This two day course is free and is designed for forest rangers, firefighters and community planners and insurance professionals. It is rarely offered in Maine and a great opportunity for firefighters to learn how to work with homeowners to reduce structure fires caused by wildfires. The deadline to register is October 14, 2016. Please contact Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson for more information by emailing kent.nelson@maine.gov or calling 287-4989.

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Firewise Day in Georgetown considered a success

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:47:42 EDT

Maine has eight nationally recognized Firewise Communities. In order to remain active with the Firewise program, each community is required to have one "Firewise Day" fire prevention and education event and one "Hazardous Fuels Reduction" day.

(image) http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/images/firewise_day_georgetown_2016.jpg" alt="This photo was taken at the Firewise Day event in Georgetown, Maine on July 9th. Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson is shown with Indian Point Firewise Board members Bruce Patterson and Chip Bailey. The Firewise booth was set up at the 41st annual Georgetown VFD auction." />

This photo was taken at the Firewise Day event in Georgetown, Maine on July 9th. Forest Ranger Specialist Kent Nelson is shown with Indian Point Firewise Board members Bruce Patterson and Chip Bailey. The Firewise booth was set up at the 41st annual Georgetown VFD auction.

For more information on NFPA's Firewise Communities USA / Recognition Program, please visit:
http://www.firewise.org/usa-recognition-program.aspx?sso=0




Maine Forest Service urges caution this weekend with all outdoor fires

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:25:57 EDT

Recent fire activity, unseasonably dry weather, lack of precipitation and projected environmental conditions over the holiday weekend make wildfires a greater threat

Augusta- The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Maine Forest Service is requesting people be extremely careful with any outdoor fires, especially over the holiday weekend. There has been an increase in wildfires this year and with the current forecast for warm and dry weather over the fourth of July, there could be more. The recent precipitation was not consistent statewide and some areas received less than ½ inch of rain. Lightning associated with thunderstorms may have also ignited dry timber and slash.

So far in 2016, there have been 464 wildfires throughout Maine that have burned a total of 752 acres. This is roughly 12% more fires and affected acreage than from the entire 2015 fire season. The most common causes of wildfires are escaped debris burns and equipment (machine) caused fires. Most of these fires are caused by people being careless and are preventable. Either the fire gets away from them, or they fail to fully extinguish the fire and it rekindles the next day.

Wildfire activity this past week:

  • Mount Abrams Township - 43 acres
  • Cathance Township Fire - 30 acres
  • Harpswell - 3 acres
  • Gouldsboro - 2 acres
  • Weld, near Mount Blue - 1 acre

The Maine Forest Service advises people to check with their local fire department before burning their brush piles or having a campfire. Burn permits are required for burning brush and in some municipalities, campfire permits are also required. For those who want to burn in the unorganized townships, please contact the Regional Headquarters for the Maine Forest Service Monday through Friday 8 - 4 p.m. Augusta (207) 624-3700, Old Town (207) 827-1800, Ashland (207) 435-7963.

The Maine Forest Service also has an online burn permit system for brush pile fires only. Please visit http://www.maineburnpermit.com for more details.




Browntail Moth Pest Alert

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:24:13 EDT

I had a BROWNTAIL caterpillar infestation and now I have cocoons!



What to do: Use caution - cocoons are full of the hairs THAT CAN CAUSE A RASH. Remember that these hairs will persist until next year or longer.

If you want to remove the cocoons (different from the overwintering webs):

  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wet down cocoons before removing them

Pressure wash or scrape cocoons off structures or clip out of favorite plants:

  • Put a drop cloth under area to collect them
  • Let soak overnight in soapy water and compost or dispose in trash

Browntail caterpillars wander and form their cocoons anywhere in the area. Favorite places are:

  • Under the eaves on a building, on the underside of anything
  • In the leaves of any plant

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Spruce budworm citizen science project seeks volunteers

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:25:06 EDT

The Budworm Tracker program, a component of the Healthy Forest Partnership, is expanding and looking for volunteers to join its Budworm Tracker citizen science program in Northern Maine.

The Budworm Tracker Program is part of a large scientific initiative aimed at better understanding how spruce budworm populations rise and spread. Spruce budworm is one of the most damaging native insects affecting balsam fir and spruce trees in Canada and northern Maine. Outbreaks, such as the one currently in Québec, Canada, often result in widespread tree growth loss and death with effects that can last for decades.

"The Budworm Tracker team wants to engage interested citizens to help us conduct research and monitor spruce budworm populations in their own backyards and woodlots," said Program Coordinator Emily Owens. "Our team is trying to better understand the extent that migrating moths coming from an outbreak, such as the current on in Québec, might play a roll in the rise and spread of spruce budworm."

The program was launched in 2015 to help scientists increase their understanding of the spruce budworm by having citizens assist with the collecting and sharing of scientific data.

In Eastern Canada, several hundred volunteers have signed up for the 2016 season in and the program is looking to add 30-40 volunteers in northern Maine. These volunteers range from families who are interested in science and forestry, to industry and forestry stakeholders. As citizen scientists, they are asked to trap and collect spruce budworm moths at least once per week during the flight season, between June and August, and send the data back to the research team. The traps are supplied for free and come with simple instructions. A short video also describes the program.

In ME, the research team is particularly interested in recruiting volunteers in locations as southern as Bangor and as northern as the border with Québec and New Brunswick.

Individuals working or living in these areas who are interested in becoming a citizen scientist can visit www.budwormtracker.ca">http://www.budwormtracker.ca/">www.budwormtracker.ca or call:

Emily Owens, Biologist Program Coordinator Forest Protection Limited Fredericton, New Brunswick (506) 452-3507