Maine Forestry Field Day Planned for September 12th
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Maine Forestry Field Day Planned for September 12th

After postponing for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine Tree Farm Program and Maine Woodland Owners are once again co-hosting the annual celebration of the Maine Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year on Sunday, September 12th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. For this year’s Forestry Field Day, the event will be held…

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…

Loon Echo Land Trust Hosts Sebago Stewardship Hub Event

Loon Echo Land Trust Hosts Sebago Stewardship Hub Event

by Matt Markot, Executive Director, Loon Echo Land Trust Loon Echo Land Trust hosted a group of current and prospective tree farmers from around the Sebago Lake region at their American Tree Farm System Certified, Crooked River Preserve in Harrison on May 22. The group started and ended their journey at Fluvial Brewing, which was…

Connect with Fellow Tree Farmers in the Sebago Lake Region on May 22

Connect with Fellow Tree Farmers in the Sebago Lake Region on May 22

Tree Farmers and landowners are invited to a kick-off event on May 22 for the Sebago Stewardship Hub. This will include a tour of Loon Echo Land Trust’s CrookedRiver Forest, a recently designated Tree Farm. With American Tree Farm System support, the Maine Tree Farm Committee is seeking to engage with Tree Farmers in the…

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…

American Tree Farm System Launches New Standards of Sustainability
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American Tree Farm System Launches New Standards of Sustainability

As many in the Maine Tree Farm community have noticed, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) has announced the 2021 Standards of Sustainability. According to ATFS, the new Standards “were approved by AFF’s Board of Trustees on November 11th, 2020, and enacted January 1, 2021. These new Standards, which serve as the basis of the American…

REGISTER: Holt Research Forest Harvest Tour
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REGISTER: Holt Research Forest Harvest Tour

Join the Maine Timber Research & Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) for a research timber harvest tour at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic on Saturday, November 7th. This harvest is the first at the Holt Research Forest since 1988, and harvest will provide researchers an opportunity to study the impact of timber harvesting on…

Maine Tree Farm Committee Receives Two Grant Awards

Maine Tree Farm Committee Receives Two Grant Awards

The American Tree Farm System has awarded the Maine Tree Farm Committee two $10,000 Outcome-Based Grant Awards. Each of the grants will support the development of two community-building projects, a Peer Ambassador Network and Tree Farm Family Forest Stewardship Hubs. The Peer Ambassador Network’s goal is to develop a network of Tree Farmers who can…

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Carbon offsets: A new forest ‘product’?

By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer Over the centuries the only way to make money if you owned a woodland was cut down the trees so they could be sold and turned into framing timbers, barrel staves, chariots, ship masts, charcoal, furniture, plywood or any of a gazillion and one other things. Now…

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The Woodland Steward Program

A new online course can help you enjoy and manage your woodland   By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer   Picture this: Three generations of a family huddled around a computer screen, reading, talking, and answering questions online. No, they’re not facebooking, skyping or playing the latest space aliens shoot ’em up game…