Woods Wise Wire - March 29, 2022

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Maine Forest Service

In this issue:

Maine Forest Service (MFS) offers “Forestry Friday” Webinars for 2022

Starting on April 15 and continuing every third Friday of each month, the Maine Forest Service (MFS) will offer a suite of webinars on forestry topics.  Here is the schedule for April through June:

April 15 at 9:00 a.m. - “Wildfire Prevention on Woodlots” Join Kent Nelson, MFS’s Forest Ranger Specialist, as he discusses ways you can reduce the likelihood of wildfires from occurring on your woodlot and near your home. There are things you can do that will also help the responding fire department/Forest Rangers in the event of a wildfire. As we enter spring fire season, this is a timely subject.

May 20 at 9:00 a.m. - “Tree Planting and Mycorrhizal Fungi – How to Best Improve Soil Organisms for Shade Tree Vigor” with Anne Pringle, Ph.D., L&S Mary Herman Rubinstein and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin.  This webinar will be of interest to anyone who loves their shade trees.

June 17 at 9:00 a.m. - “Overview of Beech Leaf Disease” with Cameron McIntire, Plant Pathologist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH, will feature an update on the current situation in Maine.

For registration details, please visit the Maine Forest Service Calendar of Events.  All webinars will be recorded for later viewing on the MFS YouTube channel.

Women Owning Woodlands Workshop - Jefferson

Date: April 23, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Maine

Join women woodland owners, conservationists, and foresters on Saturday, April 23 for a workshop designed to empower women to manage their woods with confidence. By the end of the day, participants will meet other women woodland owners, feel comfortable contacting a professional for advice, and learn new strategies they can use in managing their woodlands.

Bring your questions about forest management, share your story of why your land, no matter its size, matters. The talks and walks will connect you with knowledge, professionals, and resources to help you take care of your woodland. Whether you manage your family woodlot, work for a conservation organization, or are considering acquiring woodland, this workshop is for you.

Workshop presenters/facilitators include foresters Allyssa Gregory, Maine Forest Service; Sandy Walczyk, Blue Hill Heritage Trust; Maddie Eberly, Forest Stewards Guild; Maggie Mansfield, Two Trees Forestry; and Maren Granstrom and Barrie Brusila, Mid-Maine Forestry. Bambi Jones, a founder of Hidden Valley Nature Center, will join the team. HVNC was the 2014 recipient of Tree Farmer of the Year award for Maine and the Northeast Region.

Sponsored by Midcoast Conservancy, Forest Stewards Guild, Women Owning Woodlands, Maine Forest Service, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, and Maine Farmland Trust.

Registration: $25 General; $20 for members of Midcoast Conservancy and Maine Farmland Trust, and students. Some scholarships are available. Registration includes morning coffee/pastry and a bag lunch. Workshop will be held rain or shine. Talks will be in a large open-air barn. Walks will be in the woods.

For more information or to register, visit www.midcoastconservancy.org, or contact Ali at ali@midcoastconservancy.org or 207-389-5150.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association 2022 Chainsaw Safety Courses

Join Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) for an introductory one-and-a-half-day, hands-on field course suitable for new or beginning chainsaw operators. Our overwhelming focus is on safety and creating a space where participants feel comfortable asking questions and learning at their own pace. Chainsaws are serious business. Topics to be covered include personal protective equipment (PPE), saw operation and maintenance, filing, reactive forces, open-faced notch, and bore cutting.

Women's Chainsaw Safety Workshop

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Open to women and non-binary participants
Location: Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME
Cost: $200 | $150 for MOFGA members
Register Here


Skowhegan Chainsaw Safety Workshop

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Tessier's Farm, Skowhegan, ME 
Cost: $200 | $150 for MOFGA members
Register Here


Bridgton Chainsaw Safety Workshop

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Lakes Environmental Association's Highland Research Forest, Bridgton, ME 
Cost: $200 | $150 for MOFGA and Lakes Environmental Association member
Register Here


Please reach out to forestry@mofga.org if you have any questions.