Licensed Foresters - July 25, 2023

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Register now for upcoming ash seed collection trainings

The Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik (APCAW) is excited to announce two upcoming training sessions about ash seed collection. Seed is already appearing on ash trees across the region (especially green ash), and we invite you and your community to participate in the ash seed harvest this August and September. Collecting ash seeds creates the possibility for ash forest regeneration which ensures that Wabanaki communities and all communities can continue to have a relationship with this tree into the future. 

We are offering one virtual introduction that will answer the question, Why Collect Ash Seed? followed by a three hour, in person training on seed collection methods and tools. We have an exciting group of seed collection experts presenting during these workshops, including Les Benedict of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York and representatives from the Wild Seed Project in Southern Maine.

Why Collect Ash Seed? – August 7


Monday, August 7, 2023


1:00 - 2:30 PM


Virtual training

The virtual session will explore the question, why is it important to collect ash seeds? Attendees will leave with an understanding of how collecting ash seeds can help provide a future for ash trees in Northeastern forests. 




Ash Seed Collection Training – September 12


Tuesday, September 12, 2023


1:00 – 4:00 PM


In person training at UMaine Orono

This event will be limited to 40 registrants.

This session will train participants in how to identify and collect ash seeds according to the Ash Seed Collection Manual developed by Emily Francis. We will take a trip into the field to demonstrate the process and introduce participants to all of the necessary gear. Session leaders will also show how to prepare and clean ash seeds for shipment or storage. Participants are required to either attend or stream the August 7 training session to participate.


FIA User Group Tech Session: How to Use EVALIDator and FIADB-API


Tuesday, August 8, 2023


2:00 – 4:15 PM




1.5 SAF CFEs Available


The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is hosting the first FIA Tech Transfer Session: How to Use EVALIDator and FIADB-API.

The FIA program collects and maintains authoritative forest data at a national scale. The FIADB-API and EVALIDator web interface enable users to draw upon these data to generate statistically valid estimates with measures of uncertainty for a broad variety of forest metrics. This presentation will introduce attendees to the FIADB-API and EVALIDator and demonstrate various methods for generating customized estimates both via the web interface and programmatically. 

Presenter: Jim Garner, Biological Scientist, FIA Host: Danielle Watson, SAF



Resolving Conflicts with Roadside Beaver - Brownfield


Thursday, August 17, 2023


9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Major Gregory Sanborn Wildlife Management Area – Brownfield, Maine 

Full Description:

A workshop for municipal and state highway personnel, animal damage control agents, foresters, and wildlife biologists who are responsible for resolving roadside conflicts with beaver.  Speakers will share cost-effective, time-tested methods and devices to co-exist with beavers residing along Maine’s roads. The morning session will include presentations while the afternoon field session will be at a training site for construction and installation of beaver exclosure and water-leveling structure.

Afternoon On-site Field Session

Participants will be separated into groups. It is okay if all you want to do is observe. For those who want to participate, tasks will be done concurrently, but feel free to rotate between workstations.


Chuck Hulsey – Wildlife Resource Supervisor/Habitat Biologist– MDIFW Scott Lindsay – Regional Wildlife Biologist – MDIFW Ben Nugent - District Supervisor-Wildlife Biologist - USDA – Wildlife Services

What to bring:

Chest waders (best) or hip boots if you want to help with the installation.  Recommended: hard hat, safety vest, work gloves, eye protection, a bag lunch, water/drinks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  Getting in the water is not required if you only want to observe or assemble exclosures from the roadside. 


Free BUT pre-registration is required. 

This event will be limited to 30 registrants.

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