Board Member Barrie Brusila honored as Society of American Foresters District 6 Presidential Field Forester
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Board Member Barrie Brusila honored as Society of American Foresters District 6 Presidential Field Forester

Maine TREE would like to congratulate Barrie Brusila, as she was recently announced as Society of American Forester’s (SAF) 2021 Presidential Field Forester for District 6. Barrie has operated Mid-Maine Forestry since 1983 and is a highly valued member of the Maine TREE Board who has dedicated extensive time and effort to ensure the success…

Maine TREE Welcomes Kelly French as Program and Outreach Coordinator
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Maine TREE Welcomes Kelly French as Program and Outreach Coordinator

This new position will deepen forest-based outreach statewide, including to family forest owners Maine TREE has hired Kelly French as its new Program and Outreach Coordinator. This position is responsible for sustaining and expanding the reach of Maine TREE’s forest-based community programming, including the coordination of the Maine Tree Farm Program and its more than…

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…

REGISTER: Tree Farm National Leadership Conference and Landowner Convention
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REGISTER: Tree Farm National Leadership Conference and Landowner Convention

The American Forest Foundation(AFF) is inviting family forest landowners and foresters from across the country to join their 2021 National Leadership Conference and Inaugural Landowner Convention from February 23-25. According to AFF: “The [National Leadership Conference] has historically been an annual event for volunteers and leaders from the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). In later…

American Tree Farm System Launches New Standards of Sustainability
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American Tree Farm System Launches New Standards of Sustainability

As many in the Maine Tree Farm community have noticed, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has announced the 2021 Standards of Sustainability. According to ATFS, the new Standards “were approved by AFF’s Board of Trustees on November 11th, 2020, and enacted January 1, 2021. These new Standards, which serve as the basis of the American…

Updates from Our Certified Logging Professionals Program
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Updates from Our Certified Logging Professionals Program

For the 16th straight year, contractors in the CLP mechanical category will pay less for workers’ compensation rates. The CLP mechanical rate for new and renewal policies through April 2021 will be 49 percent less than non-certified workers. Maine’s rate for mechanical logging the lowest in the nation, saving the industry millions of dollars over time. The…

Video: Introducing “Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers” Educators Guide
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Video: Introducing “Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers” Educators Guide

This introductory video for educators, guidance counselors, and school leaders, hear from Maine TREE and its award-winning Project Learning Tree program about the newest curriculum module, Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers.  The Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit includes four hands-on, NGSS aligned, instructional activities to help youth research forestry jobs, and practice managing and monitoring forest resources. It…

In Memoriam
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In Memoriam

The Certified Logging Professionals (CLP), a program of Maine TREE, is sad to report the recent passing of Erik Carlson of Edgecomb, owner of C and L Forestry.  Erik was a graduate of the University of Maine and had a career full service across Maine’s forest community.  We are grateful for his service as the…

UMaine’s Forest Climate Change Initiative Builds Connections for  Scientists and Land Managers
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UMaine’s Forest Climate Change Initiative Builds Connections for Scientists and Land Managers

At the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, a group of scientists from academia and private institutions have come together to form the Forest Climate Change Initiative (FCCI). The purpose of FCCI is to build connections among researchers, scientists, stakeholders, legislators, and the interested public on climate change issues around forests. Despite…

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…