WoodsWise East Program- Accepting Applications

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Maine Forest Service

WoodsWise East Program- Accepting Applications

AUGUSTA – Woodland owners in much of eastern Maine can now take advantage of new opportunities for technical and financial assistance. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service (MFS), has partnered with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIF&W), Maine TREE, Maine Tree Farm Program, and Forest Stewards Guild, to provide incentives for forest management planning for woodland properties 10 acres or more, with an emphasis on promoting wildlife habitats and other landowner goals. Technical assistance, workshops, and other resources regarding forest birds, brook trout, and other habitats are also available within the project area.

The program's goal is to encourage landowners in Eastern Maine to take an active role in stewarding their woodlands. Landowners will have a Woodland Resource Action Plan (WRAP) created for their property by a private consulting forester that focuses on the habitat requirements of three key species: American Woodcock, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Eastern Brook Trout. By encouraging these species, landowners will create or enhance diverse habitats for many other wildlife species.

The WoodsWise East program’s forest management planning incentives are being offered for a limited time. Applications are being taken from April 1st-June 30th, or while funds last. All plans must be completed and submitted by October 30th, 2023.

Incentive payments will reimburse pre-approved landowners for up to 75% of the cost of having a plan prepared. Interested woodland owners in the eligible project area are encouraged to apply. Applications will be approved while funding is available. Landowners can also learn about

  • Taking a walk in their woodlands with a Maine District Forester (it’s free!)
  • Getting more information including site visits from a wildlife biologist
  • Becoming a Maine Tree Farmer
  • Finding publications, workshops and field events in their area.

To apply for financial incentives, or to learn more about the WoodsWise East Program, visit MFS’s website, contact your local MFS District Forester, or call the Maine Forest Service’s Landowner Outreach Forester, Allyssa Gregory at 207-287-2791, 207-441-2895, or by email: allyssa.gregory@maine.gov.