Oak Regeneration at the Holt Research Forest

Oak Regeneration at the Holt Research Forest

Maine TREE’s Holt Research Forest (HRF) is home to over 30 years of long-term ecosystem research. Scientists and collaborators have investigated many research topics spanning from mature tree growth to seedling regeneration to wildlife. Throughout the years, these long-term data sets have been the basis for multiple scientific publications, but also yield information pertinent to…

FCCI Webinar and Tour Session at Holt Research Forest

FCCI Webinar and Tour Session at Holt Research Forest

One of the numerous benefits of owning Holt Research Forest (HRF) is the abundance of outreach and educational opportunities Maine TREE hosts on the property. There is no more perfect time to take to the woods than the early winter. Ticks are hibernating, mosquitoes are nowhere to be found, the mud is frozen, and the…

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Holds Summer Day Camp at Holt Research Forest
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Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Holds Summer Day Camp at Holt Research Forest

During the winter of 2020 – 2021, Maine TREE completed a timber harvest at the Holt Research Forest, which opened the doors for an educational opportunity to introduce children to sustainable forest management. This summer, Maine TREE empowered the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) to host a Kids Summer Day Camp at the Holt Research…

2021 Holt Research Forest Interns
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2021 Holt Research Forest Interns

Holt Research Forest Summer 2021 Research Team (left to right): Andrew, Noah, Gia, and Jack. Each summer at the Holt Research Forest, Maine TREE funds an internship program through its research partnership with the University of Maine. This program allows enthusiastic research interns to develop valuable hands-on skills in the woods, experience what it means…

Maine TREE Awarded Maine Outdoor Heritage Grant for Holt Research Forest Project

Maine TREE Awarded Maine Outdoor Heritage Grant for Holt Research Forest Project

Following the first harvest at the Holt Research Forest in more than three decades, Maine TREE has secured a grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund to advance new research opportunities that include the impact of deer.  Through the grant and investment from the timber harvest proceeds, Maine TREE plans to erect at least four deer…

Forest Stewards Guild Hosts Volunteer Work Day at the Holt Research Forest

Forest Stewards Guild Hosts Volunteer Work Day at the Holt Research Forest

By Logan Johnson, Northeast Region Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild On May 15, Forest Stewards Guild members participated in a joint service project and Guild Gathering at the Holt Research Forest. The group’s task, reestablish a research grid in the nearly 100-acre study area in the forest. The Holt Research Forest is a 350-acre research forest…

Holt Research Forest Strategic Research and Management Plan
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Holt Research Forest Strategic Research and Management Plan

The HRF is the crown jewel of the ‘R’ in the Maine Timber Research & Environmental Education (TREE) Foundation.  Maine TREE acquired the 350-acre property, including buildings, in 2014 through a merger with the Holt Woodland Research Foundation with research conducted through a contract with the University of Maine. This 350-acre property in Arrowsic, Maine…

WATCH: A Harvest at the Holt
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WATCH: A Harvest at the Holt

In the fall of 2020, a harvest occurred at our Holt Research Forest, a Tree Farm in Arrowsic, Maine. In this video, you will hear from Maine TREE Executive Director Jonathan LaBonte and Holt Research Forest Scientist Jack Witham about the history of Maine TREE and the Holt Research Forest and the research opportunities this…

Harvest Tour Held at Holt Research Forest
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Harvest Tour Held at Holt Research Forest

ARROWSIC, Maine – Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education (Maine TREE) hosted tours at their Holt Research Forest on Saturday, November 7, 2020, to exhibit an ongoing timber harvest. Thirty participants heard from consulting forester Barrie Brusila, harvest loggers Will and Don Cole of Trees, Ltd., and longtime UMaine Research Scientist Jack Witham about the…