Maine Loggers - January 24, 2017

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In this issue:

Eastern Forest Pest Update Webinar

Insects and diseases affect our ability to grow healthy forests, but there are management tools we can use to minimize the impacts. This webinar will acquaint viewers with the Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection program and provide an update on the status of several major forest pests in the East, including Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth, Oak Wilt, Heterobasidion Root Disease, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and Thousand Cankers Disease. This update will include a brief overview of management considerations for each pest, and where landowners can go for additional information.


Jan 25, 2017 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Pre-registration not required.


  • Noel Schneeberger, Forest Health Program Leader/Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Newtown Square, PA
  • Linda Haugen, Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection Staff, St. Paul, MN


  • Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit
  • Georgia Master Timber Harvester - 1 hour CLE - Environment Credit
  • Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit

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Yankee Woodlot Workshops in Skowhegan Focuses on Logging - Skowhegan


[Note: this is a NEW DATE for this event, rescheduled from January 29, 2017]

The Maine Forest Service and the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Maine Woodland Owners Association (formerly the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, aka SWOAM) are joining with the Somerset Soil and Water Conservation District (SSWCD) and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to host a series of educational workshops this winter centered on timber harvesting on the Yankee Woodlot in Skowhegan. This Yankee Woodlot is a 228 parcel of forest and fields, owned by the Bureau of Parks and Lands and leased to the SSWCD. Two events late in 2016 covered a wide range of pre-harvest topics, including planning trails for both recreation and wood removal, how to select a logger, and matching the equipment with desired outcome.

Somerset County Yankee Woodlot Demo Area

The workshop series continues:

Harvesting Timber--The Change Begins. February 18, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm

[Note, this is a New Date, rescheduled from January 29.]

Take a tour of the active timber harvest operation, look at the equipment, and discuss the harvested wood products on the landing relative to current markets. As always, emphasis will be placed on the crucial aspect of communicating throughout the whole harvest process. 

After the Harvest--date tbd, early May 2017

This will be a good time to walk the lot, after the winter’s work has concluded, and discuss how things went, how things look and what will happen in the next 1,5, 10, 15 years and beyond. Learn about what changes in the forest makeup will mean for wildlife habitat, talk about record keeping for the harvest, invasive plant control and post-harvest planning. 

To access the lot and the recreational trails anytime, you can park at the Somerset Extension office at 7 County Drive off the Back Road in Skowhegan.  The trailhead is right behind the office building. For more information contact Maine Forest Service District Forester Patty Cormier at 592-2238 or

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Advanced Forest Vegetation Management Short Course - Bangor

February 27 -March 2, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor Maine

North America’s top Forest Vegetation Management Experts & Risk Management Strategists come together in Bangor, Maine to provide your employees with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills that are needed in today’s world.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants completing this course will understand:The principles of forest vegetation management
  • The role of herbicides in promoting successful forest regeneration
  • The effects of plant competition on the growth and development of forest stands
  • Types and formulations of herbicides available for forest vegetation management
  • How to select the most effective herbicide to meet a specific silvicultural objective
  • The latest research on environmental fate of herbicides in the forest environment
  • Principles of toxicology related to forest herbicides
  • The most recent understanding on the effects of herbicides on forest wildlife and wildlife habitat
  • State-of-the-art techniques on how to most effectively apply herbicides and protect the environment
  • Principles of risk perception and how to engage in successful risk communication with the public
  • Advanced integrated forest vegetation management and alternatives to herbicides
  • How to develop a successful forest vegetation management plan using herbicides and the alternatives


  • Each course participant will receive a certificate that showing they have obtained the most comprehensive training available and demonstrated the skills necessary to practice forest vegetation management. Attendance to all sessions is mandatory unless otherwise stated.
SAF Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education Credits: 24
Pesticide Licensing Credits: 25

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