Shared Webinar- Spruce Budworm in Maine

Join us at the GreenWays Eco Center, 17 Main St. in Belfast, on Wednesday at 2pm for a shared webinar viewing. Listen to entomologists Allison Kanoti and Rob Johns discuss the current spruce budworm conditions in Maine and New Brunswick. In the past, spruce budworm outbreaks have radically altered Maine’s forest cover. The webinar content is projected in a conference room, and we will be able to discuss it afterwards.

For more information, see http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/insects/spruce_budworm_2014.htm .

Announcing the 2018 Local Working Group Meeting

WE NEED YOUR OPINION, EXPERTISE AND INPUT at the Local Working Group Meeting.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main St. S, Searsmont 04973, from
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Your input is important in helping us fund conservation programs for productive lands and a healthy environment in Waldo and Knox Counties.

At this meeting we will:

  • Identify natural resource concerns for Waldo & Knox Counties
  • Prioritize which resource concerns to address
  • Discuss funding for local projects on private land
  • Discuss 2018 fiscal year programs

If you are an agricultural producer, forester, logger or private woodland owner, member of an environmental or watershed organization or land trust, knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences; and/or are familiar with agricultural & natural resource concerns in Waldo or Knox county, we invite you to attend this meeting.

Please contact kym.sanderson@me.nacdnet.net, 218-5311 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org, 596-2040, if you would like to attend or for more information. Walk-ins welcome.

For more information: http://www.knox-lincoln.org/LWG/

Don’t Miss Our Maple Sugaring Workshop February 22

Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service are continuing a series of short field tours to highlight forest stewardship and conservation in Waldo County. These events are open to landowners, foresters, loggers, and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands, and offer a two-hour opportunity for observation, questions, and discussion of different woodland conditions and management activities.

Thursday, February 22, 2-4 p.m. – Maple Sugaring for the Small Woodlot Owner – Whether you want to tap two trees, or twenty, this demonstration and tour will help get you started. University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Kathy Hopkins is the state expert on maple syrup, and will give a hands-on presentation of the basics of identifying trees, tapping trees and making syrup, what equipment you need. Kathy will have equipment on display and we’ll have a look at the sugar house (pre-season, in all likelihood). We’ll also take a short walk into the sugar bush to look at both sugar and red maple (hint: you can tap both for maple syrup!). This presentation is geared toward beginners in maple sugaring, especially woodland owners, homeowners and other non-commercial producers, but everyone is welcome. We are grateful to be able to hold this event at Simmons & Daughters Sugar House in Morrill, which is located at 261 Weymouth Road. The sugar house & farm are approximately 2.0 miles west of the center of Morrill village, on the north side of the Weymouth Road. http://www.simmonsanddaughterssugarhouse.com/

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Join Us This Thursday to Learn About Winter Timber Harvest

Working with Your Woods – January Tour: Winter Timber Harvest

Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service are continuing a series of short field tours to highlight forest stewardship and conservation in Waldo County. These events are open to landowners, foresters, loggers, and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands, and offer a brief, two-hour opportunity for observation, questions, and discussion.

The next event is Thursday, January 25, 2-4 p.m., on Winter Timber Harvesting. We’ll visit an active, commercial timber harvest in the town of Brooks, with the logger, forester and landowner on hand. This is a first-entry harvest in a parcel with little prior harvest activity for multiple decades, using a cut-to-length harvest system. We’ll be able to observe and discuss first hand harvest planning and implementation – what is being cut, why it’s being cut, equipment and operational considerations, and the potential of the forest post-harvest. District Forester Morten Moesswilde will lead the discussion. Meet near the corner of Randall Pond Road and Route 203, about 1.7 miles north of the intersection of Route 203 and 131. (more…)