Oak Regeneration at the Holt Research Forest

Oak Regeneration at the Holt Research Forest

Maine TREE’s Holt Research Forest (HRF) is home to over 30 years of long-term ecosystem research. Scientists and collaborators have investigated many research topics spanning from mature tree growth to seedling regeneration to wildlife. Throughout the years, these long-term data sets have been the basis for multiple scientific publications, but also yield information pertinent to…

FCCI Webinar and Tour Session at Holt Research Forest

FCCI Webinar and Tour Session at Holt Research Forest

One of the numerous benefits of owning Holt Research Forest (HRF) is the abundance of outreach and educational opportunities Maine TREE hosts on the property. There is no more perfect time to take to the woods than the early winter. Ticks are hibernating, mosquitoes are nowhere to be found, the mud is frozen, and the…

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…

Is Southern Pine Beetle in Maine’s Future
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Is Southern Pine Beetle in Maine’s Future

By Joe Rankin, Forests for Maine’s Future Writer Editors Note: This story was originally published in 2018. In 2021, researchers from the University of New Hampshire identified southern pine beetle for the first time in Maine. Sometimes the name of an organism carries weighty meaning. For instance, that of the southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis….