University of Maine Students Participate in PLT Workshop

University of Maine Students Participate in PLT Workshop

OLD TOWN, Maine – Maine TREE is always eager to support and help facilitate Project Learning Tree workshops, and we were thrilled to work with Dr. Jessica Leahy and her Environmental Interpretation class this last September. PLT Facilitators Joanne Alex and Kenny Fergusson led a professional development PLT workshop with Dr. Leahy’s class, comprised of…

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…

Celebrating the 2021 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour
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Celebrating the 2021 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour

This July, we brought over 40 teachers from around Maine into the woods to teach them about the importance of Maine’s forests for our environment, economy, and communities. Our first tour took place in the Moosehead Lake Region (read about the first tour here). The second tour explored Maine’s Katahdin region (read about the tour…

Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour to Return for In-person in 2021
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Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour to Return for In-person in 2021

 The Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) nationally acclaimed Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours will return in 2021 for in-person programming. After transitioning to a virtual format in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,two tours -in the Moosehead Lake and Katahdin regions- are being finalized and applications are now open. Founded in…

Mt. Ararat Students Use Maine TREE Protocols to Analyze Forest Growth
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Mt. Ararat Students Use Maine TREE Protocols to Analyze Forest Growth

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Doran This fall, students of Mr. Glenn Evans’ sophomore Honors Biology class at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine conducted an analysis of forest growth using community science protocols established by Maine TREE. Mr. Evans and his students are long-time contributors to what is now known as the Forest Ecology…

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…

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University Forests: Research, education and income

By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer With not quite 14,000 acres, the University Forests aren’t in the big leagues of Maine forestland owners. No Irving Woodlands or Plum Creek Timber Co, certainly. But with dozens of parcels scattered the length and breadth of Maine, it’s not exactly small time either.  Some of the…

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Educating the educators about the Maine woods

Tours provide a close up view of the forest and the forest economy  By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer Wayne Hapgood’s “ah ha! moment” came during a tour of a Pleasant River Lumber Co. sawmill. He was captivated by the computers, the optimizers, the automation that turned  softwood logs into lumber.   “It was…

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Good reviews for online forestry program

Woodland Steward Program’s creators ponder how to boost enrollment By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer Cory Gardiner’s woodlot in Woolwich has been in the family for 90 years. Larry Beauregard has owned his woodland in Old Town since 1980. And Julie Foyt’s 40 acres of woods in Monmouth became hers only year before…

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Learning about the woods: places to go, things to see . . .

  By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer   Cathy Goslin vividly remembers a first grader visiting the re-created lumbering settlement of Leonard’s Mills on a children’s day not so long ago. The little girl parked herself by a woolly little lamb and stayed there. For hours.   “She didn’t realize they were real…