Licensed Foresters - January 7, 2020

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FRA Maine Forestry Forum Meeting Announce – Brewer


Thursday, January 9, 2020


Jeff’s Catering -15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, Maine


5:30 - 6:15 PM - Social “Hour” 6:15 - 7:00 PM - Buffet Dinner  7:00 - 8:00 PM – Forum Speakers


FRA Members - $25 / Non-members - $35 - Payable at the door.  Payment via cash, check or credit card.


Forest Industry Trends in the Northeast - What to Expect in 2020

The forest industry is in constant evolution, and knowing what’s next can help companies and individuals position themselves for success.  Each year, Eric Kingsley reaches out to dozens of forest industry leaders from every sector of to ask what trends will impact markets, forest management and policy in the coming year.  Join us to hear “the wisdom of the crowd” about where things are headed in 2020.  

Eric Kingsley, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC  

Maine’s Carbon Policy – What’s the Role of the Forest?  

As Maine develops a carbon policy, state and private sector leaders are discussing how forests and forest industry can play a role in addressing carbon storage and sequestration.  Hear how the Maine Forest Products Council is thinking about this issue, and what opportunities and challenges may arise as a statewide carbon policy is developed.

Patrick Strauch, Maine Forest Products Council


Pre-registration is requested to assure an accurate head count for meals!    

Please e-mail Eric Kingsley, by Tuesday, January 7, 2020 

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Association of Consulting Foresters Meeting - Lewiston

The next ACF meeting will be Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Fusion Restaurant off Lisbon Street near the Maine Turnpike in Lewiston.  Plan to meet at 5:30, dinner from the menu at 6:00, a short business meeting and then our evening speaker,  Patty Cormier, State Forester.

Patty has probably more first-hand/field experience working with consulting foresters and small landowners than any previous State Forester.  I have asked Patty to tell us about the direction she would like to see for forestry in Maine specifically with regards to consulting foresters and non-industrial landowners.  She will also tell us a about the governor's climate change working group with regards to forestry.  This will also be an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions or share with Patty any concerns they may have with regards to current forestry issues.

For more information contact David Schaible, 563-5700 or

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Saving our Brook Trout with Wood in Streams Workshop

Are you an avid fisherman, logger, forester, woodlot owner or just curious about ways to protect and help our natural environment flourish? If so, this workshop may be for you.

The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Maine Forest Service (MFS), is holding a “Large Wood in Streams for Aquatic Organisms” workshop on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 with a snow date of Friday, January 24, 2020 from 8:30am until noon. Continuing education credits for forestry are available for this workshop.

Brook trout [Salvelinus fontinalis] are the only native stream-dwelling trout species located in the eastern United States. The species requires cold and clean water to survive. Brook trout are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and habitat alterations. Such sensitivity has made brook trout a particularly important indicator species, as its decline provides early warning signs of a reduction in the overall health of the aquatic ecosystem.

Large wood is a critical aspect of the forest stream ecosystem and for the survival of trout that inhabit the streams. Just a few things large wood does in streams is it diverts water flow, changes water velocity to trap sediment, creates cascades and riffles increasing oxygen in the water. The wood helps form deeper pools where the fish can survive the summer heat and shade to reduce the water temperature. This helps improve habitat conditions for the fish and other aquatic creatures.

Many of us have the mindset that we need to remove woody debris in streams to help maintain the natural flow. Also, since the forests have changed through the years, there are not as many trees on the stream banks creating shade for fish and organisms. Putting wood in streams is a different way of thinking and NRCS has a program to help accomplish improved habitat for aquatic organisms in this way. NRCS has created wood in stream cost-share practices to help landowners with the funding and technical tools to implement this conservation effort.

If you are interested in attending this class, please contact PCSWCD at 207-564-2321 ext. 3, or go to the website at to register and for more information. The PCSWCD is in the USDA building in Pine Crest Business Park at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover Foxcroft.

PCSWCD is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Some of this content is from an article by Linda Brownson, New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts.

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JOB VACANCY POSTING: Forester I - Jefferson

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Maine Forest Service, has a current vacancy for a District Forester in Jefferson, Maine

Opening Date:

January 6, 2020

Closing Date:

January 24, 2020



Position #:


Position Type:

Full Time

Class Code:



23   $41,787.20 - $56,555.20* (*includes 2.5% salary adjustment)






This is professional forestry work involved in promoting informed decisions about Maine's forests to a wide variety of audiences and administering a service forestry program in an assigned district.  Responsibilities of position:

  • Advises and educates landowners, loggers, and foresters about management practices that will enhance the timber, water, wildlife, and recreation resources and values under their care.
  • Inspects timber harvest sites for compliance with the state's forest practices and other land use laws, and for use of Best Management Practices; advises consulting foresters, harvesters, and landowners how to prevent violations and mitigate existing problems.
  • Delivers talks and workshops to individuals, students, clubs, other organizations, and the general public about forest resource management.
  • Writes reports and correspondence concerning forest management, answers inquiries, and performs public relations work in order to operate a district office.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry or directly related field and two (2) years field experience involving inspection and supervision of harvesting operations, surveying, cruising, timber marking, and general forest management planning. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Excellent communications skills are a plus.


Successful applicant must obtain licensure as a Licensed Forester from the Maine State Board of Licensure of Foresters within one (1) year from date of employment.

Job offer to new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, criminal records, and driver’s license check if applicable. Three professional references must be provided and made available at the interview.


Interested applicants need to complete an online State of Maine Direct Hire Application along with a Resume and Cover Letter @

If you are unable to apply online, Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at


January 24, 2020


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay,

Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing) Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)

Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%) Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%) *The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

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Forest Climate Change Initiative: Science and Practice Forum – Orono


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
9:00 - 3:00


Wells Conference Center
University of Maine
Orono, ME


Free; lunch included.



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Our forests are at risk. As foresters and natural resource professionals, we are on the front lines of climate change. How do we decide what actions to take in order to make our forests more resilient?

Join University of Maine’s Forest Climate Change Initiative (FCCI) for an interactive Science & Practice Forum to catalyze scientist-manager discussions about current research and stakeholder needs, grow Maine’s forest climate adaptation community of practice, and provide useful information for the work of the Maine Climate Council. Themes of the day include forest ecology, operations, and socioeconomics as well as communicating with landowners and the public about climate change.

Join us for a day of learning and discussion as we aim to identify the priority needs of researchers, foresters, and other natural resource professionals.

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