Licensed Foresters - October 18, 2022

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Maine Forest Service

In this issue:

Forestry Friday: Christmas tree and wreath brush laws, a guide to harvesting trees and brush properly.


Friday, October 21, 2022


09:00 – 10:00 AM

Join the Maine Forest Service for an hour discussion focusing on Christmas tree and wreath brush harvesting laws.  Attendees will learn about Maine Forest Service’s role with regulating Christmas tree and wreath brush harvesting, how to harvest wreath brush responsibly, how to obtain permission from landowners, and what landowners can do if there is property abuse. 



UMaine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests Forest Climate Change Webinar/Field Tour Series

The third year of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests webinar/field tour series focused on addressing forest climate change in Maine will kickoff October 26 (noontime webinar) and 28 (field tour) with a deep look at atmospheric carbon and methane, forest ecology, soil health, and land conservation at the Howland research forest, with panelists Shawn Fraver (UMaine PI), Dave Hollinger (USFS), Kathleen Savage (Woodwell Climate Science Center), and Jon Leibowitz (Northeast Wilderness Trust). Howland Research Forest is a forest ecosystem research site in central Maine, representing a low-elevation conifer/northern hardwood transitional forest dominated by spruce and hemlock.

Panelists will discuss long-term carbon and methane flux research at Howland, wilderness conservation for research, and current carbon and nutrient cycling projects; the field tour will feature a series of stops focused on tower data (option to climb to top or tower), carbon flux, NASA research plots, and CO2 log flux measurements. 

The webinars include time for Q&A and to showcase field tour specifics. The field tours will feature interactive discussions at each site. Webinar registration is free, field tours are $25 and limited to the first 25 to register, lunch is included. Series details:

Webinar and Field Tour Registration


Planning and Professional Assistance as Factors Influencing Private Forest Landowner Best Management Practice Implementation


Virtually all states have developed best management practices (BMPs) to mitigate potential adverse effects associated with timber harvesting. This study examined how BMP implementation on Minnesota’s family forest lands varied according to whether the land had a forest management plan, the timber sale was administered by a forester, or a written timber harvesting contract was used. Analysis of field monitoring data from 174 commercial timber harvesting sites on family forest lands found that BMP implementation is only modestly influenced by a forest management plan, supervising forester, or timber harvesting contract. Supervision of a forester had the greatest influence, with six guidelines implemented differently. In contrast, differences were found for just two BMPs with a forest management plan and only one with a written timber harvesting contract. When timber sales were administered by a forester, forest management guidelines generally related to management of the land-water interface were implemented to a higher standard, with significant increases observed for avoidance of infrastructure in filter strips, use of water diversion and erosion control structures, avoiding unnecessary wetland and waterbody crossings, and slash management. Higher timber utilization efficiency (within leave tree guidelines) was also found when a professional forester supervised the timber sale.

The full paper is available free at