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…

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…

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…

WEBINAR: Holt Research Forest Pre-Harvest Information Session

WEBINAR: Holt Research Forest Pre-Harvest Information Session

On Thursday, September 24th, Maine TREE hosted an informational webinar is to share information about an upcoming research timber harvest at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic. Jack Witham, Holt Research Forest Scientist, provides background on the history of the Holt Research Forest, and Maine Licensed Forester, Barrie Brusila, gives an overview of the planned…

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Pinning down Maine’s future forest

By Joe RankinForests for Maine’s Future writer Forests aren’t static. They’re dynamic. Since trees colonized the rubble left by the glaciers’ retreat 12,000 years ago, the forest has shifted and reshaped itself many times. Jim Shaffer examines a pineNow the planet is heating up and scientists are trying to anticipate how things will change. Some…

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Ferns: Beauty and Grace in the Understory

 “Outdoors” people, even those that don’t consider themselves naturalists, can identify trees, at the least common species. And the common wildflowers. But, when it comes to ferns, well, ferns tend to look alike. Sort of lacy and delicate and  . . . green. That is unfortunate, say fern lovers and fern experts. Ferns are a…