Woods Wise Wire - August 8, 2018

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Woods Wise Wire

In this issue:

Maine Forest Service Announce Two New Information Sheets on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Two new Information Sheets on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) are available on the Maine Forest Service website. EAB has been recently discovered in Madawaska and is expected to establish in other parts of Maine. With over 100 million native ash trees located throughout Maine, EAB will have significant economic and ecological impacts. The Information Sheets will help landowners and forest managers make informed decisions about their ash trees and woods containing ash. The two sheets available are:

Information Sheet #28 – Emerald Ash Borer, Information for Maine Landowners, provides an overview of EAB damage, identification, actions landowners can take, strategies to slow the spread, and sources of additional information. Direct link to the publication:

Information Sheet #29 - Emerald Ash Borer, Guidance for Maine Forest Managers, provides more detailed information and forest management strategies, Markets, and Websites for More Information. Three management strategies discussed include maintaining ash as a component of the forest, promoting a diversity of native species, and conserving the economic value of ash. Direct link to the publication:

Although EAB has been found in Maine, landowners and forest managers are encouraged not to panic. Get the most current information concerning EAB (see web links in the two information sheets), develop a plan, and then make informed decision about your ash trees and woods containing ash. 

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Women’s Chainsaw Safety - Jefferson

Women Chainsaw Training Group photo


Sat, Aug 11th  - Sun, Aug 12th


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson


$ 150 Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA members

$ 180 Non-Member



This two-day course is designed for women. The focus of this course is overwhelmingly on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, safe habits. The first half day session will be mostly indoors as we provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, safety clothing, introduce you to good practices, and provide relevant background material. The second day is intended to be a full day of practice and application.

Our goal is that each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices and equipment for safety, and to have the opportunity to operate a chainsaw in a controlled and supervised setting. Most students will practice starting a saw, making straight up-and-down cuts (bucking), felling a tree, and bore cuts. Students’ interests and aptitude will dictate the extent of the course. Some students will practice directional tree felling techniques if they feel comfortable doing so.

HVNC is not providing overnight accommodations as a part of this workshop, but we do have primitive cabins and camping available for rent. Students should come prepared with all the food and water they will need.

For more information contact Midcoast Conservancy 

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Free Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tour on Identifying Woodland Shrubs - Appleton

Saint George River - Appleton, Maine


Thursday, August 16th


3 - 5 pm


Appleton Preserve on Rt 105 & St George River, Appleton


Join Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (KLSWCD) and the Maine Forest Service for a walk & talk “Identifying Woodland Shrubs,” on Thursday, August 16 from 3-5pm at Georges River Land Trust’s Appleton Preserve. At this time of year some shrubs are still flowering, but most are in fruit, which is an important source of food for wildlife – and a great boon to identification!

This free tour is the 7th in the 2018 series of Knox-Lincoln Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tours, which are designed to highlight woodland stewardship and conservation practices of private landowners and open to anyone interested in the stewardship of small woodlands. MFS District Forester Morten Moesswilde and KLSWCD Program Manager Hildy Ellis will lead the tour along the trail system of the 124-acre Appleton Preserve, which offers up-close views of the St. George River. They will be joined by Georges River Land Trust Stewardship Project Manager Brent West, who will relate the history of the preserve and plans for interpretive signs highlighting the importance of forest habitat.

The tour will begin at 3pm at the preserve parking lot near the intersection of Rt. 131 and Rt. 105, where Rt. 105 crosses the St. George River in Appleton. Tours take place rain or shine (barring lightning and blizzards), so please dress for weather, as well as field and bug conditions. For more info about the series and to register for this free tour, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040, hildy@knox-lincoln.org or www.knox-lincoln.org/woodland-stewardship-tours.

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