Woods Wise Wire - January 23, 2018

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In this issue:

Presentation on Browntail Moth in Wiscasset

An upcoming presentation on Wednesday, January 24th at the Wiscasset Municipal Building will discuss identification and management of browntail moth. The talk by Maine Forest Service District Forester Morten Moesswilde will run from 6:00 p.m. to about 8:00 p.m.

Browntail moth is an invasive insect pest that can cause skin rashes and respiratory distress in people due to toxic hairs found on the caterpillars and in cocoons. The hairs can persist in the environment and remain toxic for up to three years. They are most harmful where they are found on fallen leaves, lawns, patios, and other surfaces around homes. The hairs can become airborne again due to mowing, raking, or removing coverings from boats, sheds, etc.

The current outbreak is most severe in 5 towns around Brunswick. However, browntail moth webs have been found in Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Lincoln, and most recently, at sites in Waldo and Knox counties. Browntail moth larvae and cocoons can be transported by vehicles during the summer.

Overwintering webs found on the ends of oak, pear, apple, cherry, and crabapple trees can be safely pruned during the winter, before April when leaves come out. Removing and destroying these webs will reduce the likelihood of re-infestation. After leaf-out, the caterpillars and cocoons will begin to release toxic hairs, and are much more difficult and costly to control safely.

Control measures to identify, remove and destroy webs now will help limit the spread of this pest. Many other insects that form webs are beneficial for wildlife and/or cause only limited damage to trees, so proper identification of the browntail moth webs is important.

Moesswilde’s talk will focus on basic biology, identification, history, and control of webs. The talk at the is co-sponsored by the Wiscasset Conservation Commission, and is free and open to the public. More information about browntail moth can be found at to the Maine Forest Service website, http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/browntail_moth_info.htm.  For questions regarding the talk or other concerns regarding trees and forests, contact District Forester Morten Moesswilde at morten.moesswilde@maine.gov, or 441.2895. 

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Spring Woodlot Management Class, What to do with that piece of forest you own- Farmington

This is a five session class on various topics to aid the owner of forest land in making some decisions about that land.  The course will be instructed by various speakers but facilitated by Maine Forest Service District Forester Patty Cormier.  Class size limit is 25.  Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; This is through the Franklin County Adult Ed. Program, to sign up and for more information call 778-3460 or lizadonald8@gmail.com.  There will be a small fee. 

Topics and dates to include:

March 29th- Tree id and the steps of planning for your woodlot, and some basic mapping programs.

April 5th- More on planning, cost share programs available and the Tree Growth Tax Law explained.

April 12th- Managing for Bird and Wildlife habitats April 19th- products from your woodlot, i.e. forest product markets and non- forest products April 26th- Working with Professionals, including estate planning to think about.

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Announcing 2018 Local Wood WORKS Buyers’ Guide

Opportunity to promote your business | Help us grow local wood economies in Maine

Local Wood WORKS and Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine are partnering to produce a Buyers’ Guide to Maine Local Wood Products that will be distributed in the 2018 Spring edition of the magazine. The guide will educate readers about the variety and quality of Maine wood products with an emphasis on how home building, design professionals and homeowners can source more Maine products. With a circulation of 18,000 and an estimated reach of 70,000 readers--including building and design professionals and homeowners alike--the Local Wood Guide will serve as a valuable tool to help grow local wood economies in Maine. The guide will contain some individual product information. For additional information and a comprehensive product directory, readers will be directed to a Local Wood WORKS website to be launched in March.

The Buyers’ Guide extends the directories published by Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Forest Products Council and contains additional listings and product information relevant to builders, engineers and design professionals.  Advertising in the guide is a great way to reach the people who are most likely to seek out and conduct business with local wood producers, manufacturers and suppliers. A listing in the guide is available for free.

Lee Burnett

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TallTimber & Timberpad Available Now

TallTimber is a software tool for foresters and land managers that has been used on millions of acres of timber cruises from Maine to California. With its intuitive interface, you can rapidly process prism, fixed-radius and 100%-tally timber inventories as well as manage FVS (Forest Vegetation Simulator) growth modeling, providing quick to use reports and tables of timber inventory and forest change.

Timberpad 2.0, available in Pro and Demo versions, is timber cruise software for foresters and landowners. It has been used in data collection efforts from small woodlots in northern New England to TIMO, government and industrial-sized timber cruises in Appalachia, New York and Maine.

Currently available for Android and vintage Windows Mobile devices, Timberpad works as a general data collector and front-end to the TallTimber 3.0 inventory processor. Collect your data on Timberpad and process it into stunning reports with TallTimber. Check out the videos, or download the manual and Demo version to learn more!

TallTimber & Timberpad are built by Maine foresters and can be used by foresters everywhere.

For more information visit: www.ttimber.com

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