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/
Our March event will be a post-harvest review of a 2017 logging operation – what was the plan, how did it work, what are the results. Planning is often critical to achieving the goals you have for your woodland and for the harvest itself – here we’ll look at things in retrospective. We hope to have both forester and landowner present to provide context. SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, March 21th, 3-5 p.m. (note time change). 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. If driving is hazardous, please call to confirm. Parking is often limited so please consider carpooling if you can. For more information contact Aleta McKeage, 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.