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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…

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Aging forest owners: What will become of their woods?

By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer Jim walked slowly up the path, as he had done ten thousand times before. Almost every day for decades. Through the woods. His woods, he thought. But . . . not really his. Just The Woods. It was a crisp, fall day. Red maples, golden beech, purple ash…

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Bernd Heinrich: Writer, academic, Maine forestland owner

Fresh from the Woods Bernd Heinrich: Writer, academic, Maine forestland owner May 2011 It’s easy to see what makes Bernd Heinrich one of America’s great nature writers: curiosity. Strolling around his property near Weld on a late winter day he notices everything going on around him. Even as intimately as he knows this place he…

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Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again

Fresh from the Woods Forest scene on Branch Lake land in Ellsworth. Photo courtesy of Jerry and Marcy Monkman, Ecophotography.org Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again January 2011 By Joe Rankin They provide timber, hiking trails, opportunities to learn, even maple syrup. They serve to protect watersheds and provide habitat for wildlife. They’re…

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Prentiss & Carlisle: a proud history of forest stewardship

Fresh from the Woods Prentiss & Carlisle president Donald White, left, Gov. John Baldacci, and P&C Chairman David Carlisle show off the Austin Wilkins Award plaque, carved of prime cherry wood. (Photo by Joe Rankin) Prentiss & Carlisle: a proud history of forest stewardship By Joe Rankin  When it comes to good timberland management, spreadsheets…