Forests For Maine’s Future Celebrates a Decade of Storytelling

Forests For Maine’s Future Celebrates a Decade of Storytelling

By Logan Johnson Forests for Maine’s Future (FMF) began in October of 2010 by publishing 18 stories to FMF’s “Fresh from the Woods Archive.” Since then, we’ve published over 100 articles that tell stories from the Maine Woods. Topics range from forest ecology all the way to the communities that depend on forests and everywhere…

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Aldo Leopold Week is Celebrated the First Week in March

The party was eating lunch on a high rimrock when they saw the mother wolf come out of the river, shake off the water, and greet her pups. They greeted the happy scene with a fusillade of rifle fire — wasn’t it always this way? — then scrambled down to view the carnage.  “We reached…

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The white pine, enduring symbol of the Maine woods

By JOE RANKIN Forests for Maine’s Future Writer What’s not to like about the eastern white pine? A majestic tree. Long lived. Producer of clear, easily-worked, durable lumber that takes stain well, glues up nicely, is moderately priced, readily available. And, it is one of those trees that responds predictably and readily to a handful…

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Aliens in the Maine woods

Terrestrial invasive plants can wreak havoc with forests By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer Licensed forester Jeff Williams does the usual things foresters do:  writes management plans, runs boundary lines, oversees harvests, lays out logging roads, marks trees. But more and more these days he’s having to deal with invasive forest plants. Pulling…

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Bringing back the giants

The effort to restore the American chestnut tree to Maine’s forest   By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer The crew moves across the field, setting fiberglass poles, threading on plastic insulators, and stringing thick Fencing the Winthrop seed orchard (Photo: The Rankin File)black and white polywire around an orchard of tiny trees growing…

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Once and Future Uses of Wood

  By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer   In the mid-’60s Eric Sloane wrote “A Reverence for Wood,” a tribute to the importance of wood in early American life.   It’s lovingly illustrated with Sloane’s skillfully detailed pen and ink sketches of everything wood: burl mallets, basswood berry boxes, up-and-down sawmills, timber frame…

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Penobscot Experimental Forest: Six decades of science

July 2011 By Joe RankinForests for Maine’s Future Writer On a recent summer day, while showing a visitor around the Penobscot Experimental Forest, the U.S. Forest Service’s Laura Kenefic and Robert Seymour, a University of Maine professor of silviculture, came across an old friend. Prone on the forest floor, it was slowly decaying into the…