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Make a Home for Wildlife with the Help of Author Charles Fergus

Charles Fergus loves nothing better than to rev up his walk-behind DR brush hog and mow his fields.Photo courtesy of Garet Nelson He’s not aiming for anything like a golf-course close cut, or a neat suburban lawn. Or even a nicely manicured pasture. He just wants to cut back the pencil-thick aspens and other trees…

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Ferns: Beauty and Grace in the Understory

 “Outdoors” people, even those that don’t consider themselves naturalists, can identify trees, at the least common species. And the common wildflowers. But, when it comes to ferns, well, ferns tend to look alike. Sort of lacy and delicate and  . . . green. That is unfortunate, say fern lovers and fern experts. Ferns are a…

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Forest Management in the big city

A thinned white pine stand photo courtesy of City of PortlandTwo years ago, logging crews spent the first three months thinning the woods surrounding Riverside Golf Course along the Presumpscot River. Not unusual, this is Maine, after all, the most forested state in the country. But it is noteworthy because it occurred in Maine’s largest…

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Is Southern Pine Beetle in Maine’s Future

Sometimes the name of an organism carries weighty meaning. For instance, that of the southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis. The first name, that of a genus of bark beetles, means tree murderer. That genus has a lot of members, some of which are already present in Maine. The southern pine beetle isn’t. But that may…

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Exemplary Forestry: A New Paradigm for the Northeast’s Woodlands?

Robert Perschel has worked in forestry for a long time. As an industrial forester, a forestry consultant, with The Wilderness Society and a chair of the Northern Forest Alliance. He’s a co-founder of the Forest Stewards Guild. Perschel has seen a lot of different types of forestry. And he’s often grappled with the question of…

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Maine Wood Manufacturers are still an Important Part of the Economy

They produce gun stocks, flooring, cedar shingles, log homes, wooden playsets. They make cigar tips, wooden pack baskets, doors and staircases. Cutting boards and chairs, cabinets and baseball bats, grilling planks canoe paddles. Colorful wooden eggs made by Wells Wood Turning in Buckfield have been featured at the White House Easter Egg roll since 2006,…