Woods Wise Wire - August 23, 2023

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Maine Forest Service

In this issue:

Tree Identification Walk at Simon Trail - Lamoine


Wednesday, September 6, 2023


9:00 AM

Maine Forest Service District Forester Michael Jensen will discuss how to identify common Maine tree species.


Simon Trail, Partridge Cove Road, Lamoine


Lamoine Conservation Commission Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Tree Growth and Open Space in Maine – Surry


Wednesday, September 20, 2023


7:00 PM


Old Surry Schoolhouse, 7 Toddy Pond Rd, Surry

Maine Forest Service District Forester, Michael Jensen will discuss the benefits and requirements of the Tree Growth and Open Space Tax programs.

Following his presentation there will be an opportunity ask questions.


Surry Conservation Commission

Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Hosts the film Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut


Saturday, September 23, 2023


4:00 PM


Center Theatre, 20 E Main St, Dover-Foxcroft

On September 23rd at 4PM, the Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) will be hosting the only screening in Maine of the documentary Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. The showing is by donation, with a Q&A following the film with Thomas Klak from The American Chestnut Foundation, Maine Chapter. 

The new documentary film, Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut, tells the story of passionate citizen scientists and researchers working to restore this ecologically and economically important species, during this pivotal moment. The tree that forged a connection with humankind has been embraced in turn by humans who, invigorated by hope, are working tirelessly to revive this magnificent tree -- so that it can once again help shape the future. The movie features President Jimmy Carter; Dolly Parton; Chuck Leavell from the Allman Brothers and Rolling Stones; Michael Twitty, culinary historian and author; Barbara Kingsolver, bestselling author; E.O. Wilson, eminent biologist, writer, and “Father of Biodiversity”; and Rex Mann, retired forester and chestnut evangelist.

 This documentary is underwritten by The American Chestnut Foundation and sponsored by the James G. K. McClure Educational and Development Fund and New Leaf Paper. The mission of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is to return the iconic American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) to its native range. 

Prior to the screening, there will be exciting raffle items such as Chestnut trees, gardening and tree care supplies, books, gift certificates to local businesses and 50/50 raffle tickets along with refreshments including snacks and beverages at Center Theatres concession stand. All proceeds and support of the film will go towards Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District’s conservation educational outreach programming and operational support which helps aid our American Chestnut germplasm plot located at the Law Farm Nature Trails in Dover-Foxcroft.  Stick around after the screening to have a chance to talk directly with Thomas Klak, from the American Chestnut Foundation, Maine Chapter. Folks will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the restoration efforts and current updates. PCSWCD looks forward to seeing you at this event and thanks Center Theatre, The American Chestnut Foundation, and all the partners and businesses that contributed to this effort.