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.
Save the date – our next outing will be Thursday, February 22, 2-4 p.m. – Maple Sugaring for the Small Woodlot Owner – a hands-on presentation of the basics of identifying maples, tapping trees and making syrup. Location TBA.
These events are free and open to the public. They will involve being outdoors/walking in the woods and will occur rain, snow, or shine, so please dress for field conditions. Parking is often limited so please consider carpooling if you can. For more information contact Aleta McKeague, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 218-5311 or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, at 207.441.2895.