Woods Wise Wire - March 21, 2023

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Maine Forest Service

In this issue:

Forestry Rules of Maine: What you need to know

Maine Forest Service – Forest Policy & Management Division

Dates & Locations:

Thursday 04/06/2023
Wilton, DOT facility (932 Route 2)

Tuesday 04/11/2023
Maine Lake Science Center (51 Willet Road, Bridgton)

Thursday 04/13/2023
Littleton, Meduxnekeag Ramblers Club House (Wiley Road)

This workshop is intended for loggers and foresters and will provide a basic understanding of Maine’s timber harvesting rules. The emphasis is on rules concerning water quality, clearcutting, liquidation harvesting, forest operations notifications. The workshop will not cover laws/rules enforced by the Forest Protection Division/Forest Rangers. Participants will receive a copy of the MFS publication, “The Forestry Rules of Maine.”

The workshop will begin with sign-in at 8:30 AM and refreshments, presentations begin at a half hour later. Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. Exact start and end times will be listed on the registration pages. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Continuing Education Credits:

  • QLP – 4 credits
  • CLP – 1/2 day
  • SAF/LF - 3.5 hrs. (Category 1)
  • Master Logger – 5 credits


Use the link below to register for the workshop you wish to attend by the Friday before each workshop:

Presenters for this workshop include Maine Forest Service District Foresters and Regional Enforcement Coordinators.

The Cultural Importance of Brown Ash

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Date: Monday, April 3, 2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:30 PM

The University of Maine is holding a session on The Cultural Importance of Brown Ash. Participants can tune in to learn about the evolving cultural, economic, and economic relationships Wabanaki people have to brown ash. This session will feature Wabanaki speakers with a variety of experiences in efforts to protect and continue cultural relationships to brown ash, from Maine Indian Basketmaker's Alliance, to basketmakers, Tribal government members and researchers. Speakers include Richard Silliboy, Vice Chief of Mi'kmaq Nation and basketmaker, Jennifer Neptune, of Maine Indian Basketmaker's Alliance (Penobscot), Gabriel Frey, brown ash basketmaker and author of The Last Blade of Sweetgrass (Passamaquoddy), and Suzanne Greenlaw, PhD Candidate and author of The Last Blade of Sweetgrass (Maliseet).


Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) Forest Health Webinars Focusing on Invasive Species and Pests & Diseases

Join PCSWCD as they host two, hour-long lunch time webinars that focus on Forest Health topics with guests from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Catherine Spolarich, Invasive Plant Biologist from Maine Natural Areas Program's (MNAP) will be discussing how invasive species impact our forests on April 6 from 11:30-12:30pm. Catherine is an invasive plant biologist at Maine Natural Areas Program, where she supports efforts to map, manage, educate, and provide resources to prevent the spread of invasive plants and protect natural areas. She formerly researched plant community ecology at Cornell University, managed invasive plants in southern Maine, worked on farms, and designed, installed, and maintained gardens and landscapes on coastal Long Island where she is originally from. Catherine will discuss emerging invasive species and how we can help protect our unique forested landscapes. We will discuss common invasive species, their impacts, and what we can do to prevent their spread in the landscape.

Gabe LeMay will discuss pests & diseases in our forests on April 13 from 11:30-12:30pm.  Gabe is an entomologist with the Forest Health & Monitoring division of the Maine Forest Service (MFS). In addition to identifying forest insects and providing technical advice, he is the project lead of the division’s Light Trap Survey and the Exotic Wood Borer/Bark Beetle Survey. Prior to joining The Maine Forest Service this past fall, he studied insects in Vermont and Florida and has worked with various non-profits, agencies, and academic institutions across the US. Gabe will be talking to us about the important softwood pests like hemlock wooly adelgid and spruce budworm, as well as hardwood pests like emerald ash borer, spongy moth, and browntail moth along with diseases including beech leaf disease and European larch canker. Gabe will end the discussion with the current situation in the state of Maine and what management efforts are being undertaken by the MFS.

Both webinars will offer time for Q&A and discussions. To register for this FREE lunchtime webinar, visit www.piscataquisswcd.org and receive the Microsoft Teams link to join the discussion!

A Forest Carbon and Climate Adaptation Webinar Specifically for Forest Landowners

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Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Time: Noon – 1:30 PM

Are you wondering what to do about forest carbon, carbon markets and making your forest more resilient to the effects of climate change on your woods in the northeast? Join Dr. Alexandra Kosiba, the University of Vermont’s Extension Forester on Wednesday April 12, 2023, from noon to 1:30 PM.  Dr. Kosiba will cover forests’ role in sequestering and storing carbon, what you can do to increase sequestration and storage in your forests and what your options are if you want to sell forest carbon in the carbon markets.  She will also cover steps landowners and their managers can take to increase forest resilience to climate change by encouraging management actions that adapt forests to the effects of our changing climate.  This webinar is designed specifically for forest landowners and sponsored by Securing Northeast Forest Carbon Program.

Alexandra (Ali) Kosiba, PhD, is a forest ecophysiologist and Extension Assistant Professor of Forestry at the University of Vermont. As the Extension Forester, she creates resources and conducts applied research to help woodland owners, foresters, and decision-makers better understand the impacts of climate change and other stressors on Vermont’s forests and management techniques to improve forest resilience. She is Vermont’s representative to the Securing Northeast Forest Carbon Program.  A licensed forester, Ali serves as a regional educator on forest carbon science and management and is the state lead on the Vermont Forest Carbon Inventory. She also works on various forest health topics, like planning and management for at-risk tree species, land planning for maintaining critical forest services, and forest monitoring. Before coming to UVM, she was the Climate Forester for the State of Vermont, Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation – and the first climate forester in the nation.

Register in advance for this webinar (required)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.