Certified Logging Professional’s 2022 Spring Training Season

Certified Logging Professional’s 2022 Spring Training Season

Steve Laweryson providing conventional loggers information for the recertification session held at the University of Maine Forest in May. The Certified Logging Professional Program completed a successful Spring training season. Through 10 in-person and six virtual sessions, we recertified 262 loggers this Spring. In addition, three Initial Certification classes were held in Skowhegan, Lincoln, and Fort Kent…

Arbor Week Celebration & Awards Ceremony
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Arbor Week Celebration & Awards Ceremony

Vince Seiwert accepting the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award from State Forester Patty Cormier (photo courtesy of Jim Britt/Maine Forest Service) From May 15th through May 21st, members of Maine’s forest community came together to celebrate Arbor Week. Since 1978, the third week of May has been designated to this celebration of the…

Sanford High School Wildlife Biology Class Visits Maine Wildlife Park

Sanford High School Wildlife Biology Class Visits Maine Wildlife Park

by Lindsay Strout – Wildlife Biology Teacher, Sanford High School I want to give a huge thank you to Maine TREE for helping fund Sanford High Schools’ Wildlife Biology field trip to the Maine Wildlife Park.  Twenty-four of my students got to see all the animals that we’ve been studying all year long. From huge…

LD 1902: A Resolve To Establish a Pilot Program To Encourage Climate Education in Maine Public Schools

LD 1902: A Resolve To Establish a Pilot Program To Encourage Climate Education in Maine Public Schools

Since 2020, the Nature Based Education Consortium’s (NBEC) Climate Education (Advocacy Working Group has been committed to expanding the access to outdoor and environmental learning for all of Maine’s students. One of their early successes came in the inclusion of climate education in the Maine Climate Council Climate Action Plan. To create a state of…

Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children

Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children

With the continuous evolution of education pedagogy, Project Learning Tree (PLT) is consistently creating and revising curriculum for all ages of students to create captivating activities for students and educators. PLT’s newest addition, Trees & Me, was released this March contains hundreds of ideas for fun, easy-to-do, hands-on experiences to connect young children to nature,…

Ken Laustsen Receives 2021 Austin Wilkins Award

Ken Laustsen Receives 2021 Austin Wilkins Award

Maine TREE Foundation and the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry selected Kenneth Laustsen for the 2021 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award.  The award was presented to him at the 2022 NESAF meeting in Portland. Ken started his career as a right-of-way foreman doing brush control work, through decades with Great…

Logan Johnson Hired as Maine TREE Foundation’s Next Executive Director

Logan Johnson Hired as Maine TREE Foundation’s Next Executive Director

The Maine TREE Foundation (Maine TREE) is pleased to announce that Logan Johnson has been hired to join the staff as the new Executive Director, effective June 13, 2022. Johnson has been actively involved with Maine TREE since 2018 as the Tree Farm Committee coordinator, Programs & Outreach Associate, Holt Research Forest committee member, and…