Sweet time for Maine’s syrup producers
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Sweet time for Maine’s syrup producers

February 2011 By Joe Rankin Mention maple syrup season and the image that leaps to mind for most people is straight out of a Norman Rockwell print: metal buckets, old Dobbin pulling the sleigh, a weathered sugar shack in the moonlight, and steam billowing off the old wood-fired evaporator. These days, the picture is likely…

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Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again

Fresh from the Woods Forest scene on Branch Lake land in Ellsworth. Photo courtesy of Jerry and Marcy Monkman, Ecophotography.org Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again January 2011 By Joe Rankin They provide timber, hiking trails, opportunities to learn, even maple syrup. They serve to protect watersheds and provide habitat for wildlife. They’re…

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Prentiss & Carlisle: a proud history of forest stewardship

Fresh from the Woods Prentiss & Carlisle president Donald White, left, Gov. John Baldacci, and P&C Chairman David Carlisle show off the Austin Wilkins Award plaque, carved of prime cherry wood. (Photo by Joe Rankin) Prentiss & Carlisle: a proud history of forest stewardship By Joe Rankin  When it comes to good timberland management, spreadsheets…

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Maine Seeks $25 million for Conservation

Fresh from the Woods North Maine woods Maine seeks $25 million for conservation By Joe Rankin Maine’s north woods covers some 12 million acres, a near contiguous swath that qualifies as the largest unbroken tract of forest east of the Mississippi. While that forest has provided jobs and recreational opportunities for generations, these days it…

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Keeping Maine’s Forests II

Fresh from the Woods Sustainably harvested logs are loaded in the Scientific Forest Management Area at Baxter State Park. (Photo courtesy of Baxter State Park) Keeping Maine’s Forests Part II: Exploring Options for the Maine Woods By Andrew Kekacs Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two-part series about a landmark report on Maine woodlands issued in late 2009….

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Keeping Maine’s Forests I

Fresh from the Woods Sunrise at Haymock Lake in northern Maine. (Photos by Andrew Kekacs) Keeping Maine’s Forests: Part I By Andrew Kekacs After more than two decades of often-rancorous debate about forest policy, a quiet effort by the University of Maine, industry representatives, environmentalists and the Baldacci administration might finally have moved those who care…