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…

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…

Forestry for the Future: A film introduces forestry to landowners with a 65-year study

Forestry for the Future: A film introduces forestry to landowners with a 65-year study

By Maren Granstrom *Editor’s note: Forester Maren Granstrom voluntarily submitted this article to Forests for Maine’s Future and Maine TREE to highlight the “Forestry for the Future” video she produced as part of her Master’s of Science work at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources. Maine TREE claims no ownership of the video and…

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Threats, Challenges Facing Maine’s Forests

Forests have always faced threats. From natural disturbances like hurricanes and wildfires to native pests and diseases like spruce budworm to shifts in climate over the millennia. Humanity has been a threat: think about how quickly forests in a large part of Maine were cleared in the 1700s and 1800s to make room for agriculture,…

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White Pines Hit by Needle Disease Year After Year

By JOE RANKIN Forests for Maine’s Future Writer  Something’s not right. That’s what my MacBook tells me when I’ve got a wonky internet connection. It’s also the phrase that pops unbidden into my head in early to mid-June when I look out the window and see yellowing needles on the white pines that fringe my…

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Is Southern Pine Beetle in Maine’s Future

Sometimes the name of an organism carries weighty meaning. For instance, that of the southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis. The first name, that of a genus of bark beetles, means tree murderer. That genus has a lot of members, some of which are already present in Maine. The southern pine beetle isn’t. But that may…

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Maine’s Most Common Tree, a Favorite of Deer and Pests

By JOE RANKIN Forests for Maine’s Future writer   Quickly now. This is a quiz. What is the most common tree species in Maine? You might have said pine. It is, after all the Pine Tree State. Or the iconic white birch, perhaps. But you’d be wrong. The most common tree in the state is…