Woods Wise Wire - July 12, 2022

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Maine Forest Service

In this issue:

Maine's Wildfire Weather Program - Forestry Friday Webinar


July 15, 2022


9:00 AM

Regional Forest Ranger Joe Mints and Forest Ranger Dan Perkins will highlight Maine Forest Service's fire weather program and how predictive services are used for wildfire potential. Get a behind the scenes look at what goes into delivering a fire danger classification, how a fire danger classification impacts fire response, and what weather factors influence fire spread.



Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management session - Old Orchard Beach


July 14, 2022


6:00 PM


Jordan Hall, 46 Temple Ave., Guild Park, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Educational session regarding management of the forest and an infestation of woolly adelgids in the hemlock trees in Guild Park. A guided walk will follow, weather permitting. This session is a repeat of the one on July 12 at 9 AM .


Colleen Teerling, Entomologist, Maine Forest Service David Parker, Forester, Parker Forestry Associates


Ecology and Conservation Subcommittee of the Property Committee of the Ocean Park Association


Company Resolves Shoreland Timber Harvesting Violations with Maine Forest Service

The Maine Forest Service (MFS) has entered into administrative settlement agreements with Harrington-based Worcester Holdings, LLC (Worcester) and Paul Gaddis, a licensed forester from East Machias. The settlements resolve violations of Maine’s rules governing timber harvesting activities in shoreland areas. Worcester agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for the violations. Gaddis agreed to pay a $2,500 civil penalty for the violations.

During an April 2021 timber harvest on land in Jonesboro, Worcester and Gaddis failed to obtain a permit for a stream crossing on a land management road they were constructing.  In addition, Worcester’s and Gaddis’ activities caused sediment to be discharged into a stream, in violation of state shoreland regulations.

“Our goal is to improve the management of Maine’s forests,” said Patty Cormier, MFS Director. “We focus on educating and informing landowners to reduce the possibility of such violations. When violations do occur, however, we have a responsibility to uphold the law. We take this and our other responsibilities very seriously.”

“Worcester and Gaddis were cooperative and took full responsibility for the violations,” commented Terri Coolong, MFS Regional Enforcement Coordinator. “Had Worcester and Gaddis appropriately planned and implemented the harvest and stream crossing to comply with the regulations, the issues could easily have been avoided.”

Coolong conducted the investigation and settlement negotiations with the assistance of MFS staff.


Hayday: A Field & Forest Day at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) - Unity


July 23, 2022


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Learn some new skills & enjoy a summer’s day on the MOFGA grounds!

This free & family-friendly event is open to all. All workshops are hands-on.

  • Join a tree ID walk with Maine Forest Service District Forester Allyssa Gregory;
  • Try out a scythe and learn about honing (sharpening), making hay, mowing & lots more in the fields;
  • Learn to build an orchard ladder using cedar from the MOFGA woodlot;
  • Help create a hugelkultur garden bed (a mounded bed made from wood and other compostable materials);
  • Learn about pollarding (a way of pruning where you remove the top branches of a tree so it sends out lots of new growth) and tree fodder (feeding livestock leaves & branches);
  • Learn how to make biochar

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NRCS Funding Application Deadlines

NRCS Funding application deadlines are set for August 26, 2022

Landowners who are interested in exploring opportunities for conservation project funding opportunities with NRCS should contact their local NRCS office for more information and assistance in applying.