Woodland Stewardship Series: The Value of Old Growth and Mature Forest

Next in our Small Scale Woodland Stewardship series: Join us for a hike and talk in a old growth forest. Learn about what an old forest is like and how it offers many benefits from wildlife habitat to recreation and enjoyment of nature. Old forests are one of the most diverse and fascinating natural landscapes you can find in Maine, and also one of the rarest. Most forests here have experienced significant logging in the last 100 years or are recovering from other uses. Old forests often have a tremendous structural complexity, undisturbed microtopography and soil, and ancient trees in all stages of life and death. This allows for many species of birds, wildlife and plants to thrive here, including some that only live in these types of forests. Leaving some areas of forest unharvested for longer periods can create mature forest conditions that are an excellent way to support wildlife habitat and also enhance enjoyment of your woodland. Join us for a walk on the Hidden Knoll trail in the Sheepscot Headwaters Preserve to explore the beauty and habitat potential of undisturbed forest as well as unusual land features.

These events are free and open to the public. This event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms. Please check  here for cancellation 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. This Maine Forest Service and WCSW event is in collaboration with Midcoast Conservancy.

When and Where: Saturday, August 25th at 2pm. Meet on the Halldale where the Hemlock Hollow Trail crosses about ½ mile south of the Penney Road, in Montville (in the Sheepscot Headwaters Preserve of the Midcoast Conservancy). Distance: 3 miles, moderate difficulty (We will not be walking fast).


Tree Identification Workshop This Thursday

Natural science educator Kevin Doran leads this workshop, to be held on Sears Island. The workshop is next in our series on Small Scale Woodland Stewardship, a collaboration of the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service. Friends of Sears Island is co-sponsoring the workshop. Learn to identify a wide variety of deciduous trees and conifers present in the diverse forests of the island. Free; all are welcome. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Park along the causeway and meet at the island gate kiosk by 3 p.m. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in the woods and on the beach, and clothing to protect against ticks and the weather. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. No pets. Steady rain cancels event; cancellations will be posted on Facebook by 2pm. FMI: waldocountysoilandwater.orghttp://facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or  855-884-2284.

Author Doug Tallamy to Speak on Native Gardening and Biodiversity July 5

University of Delaware ecologist and entomologist Douglas W. Tallamy will be giving his presentation, “Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter,” at the Rockport Opera House on Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m.

This event is being co-sponsored by Merryspring in conjunction with Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wild Seed Project, Rockport Garden Club, Boothbay Region Garden Club, Warren Garden Club, and Plants Unlimited. Tickets, at $10 each, will be available soon.

Tallamy’s work focuses on how anybody can increase biodiversity and welcome nature “home” to their backyards by planting native plants. His work as an entomologist and ecologist examines how native plants are key to healthy ecosystems by attracting native insects that will, in turn, bring birds and other wildlife to the home garden.

His book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants has received a reputation as an essential guide to native plant and insect species, with detailed instructions of what to plant for different garden conditions and the wildlife that depend on those plants.

More information may be found at www.knox-lincoln.org/bring-nature-home

The Emerald Ash Borer Now in Maine – Important Information

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The Emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered in Maine for the first time in May of this year. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees across the Eastern US. In areas where it is established, nearly 100% of ash trees are killed. Ash trees are an important component of Maine forests, providing lumber and other wood products, wildlife food and habitat, and materials for First Nations basket makers. All species of ash are killed by the emerald ash borer.

Here are two good publications from the Maine Forest Service on what landowners, foresters and loggers should know about managing and planning for this serious pest:

Woods Wise Wire, June 5, 2018: Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Maine

EAB Information for Maine Landowners

Other Information on Managing EAB Infestations

EAB Decision Guide for Landowners

Managing EAB infestations

A Checklist for Municipalities

Check out our new information page on invasive forest pests.


Pond Construction Workshop June 11

Join us to learn about all aspects of constructing ponds successfully in a variety of settings, as well as about related permitting and regulations. Our workshop will include visits to area ponds. Contractor re-certification credits available. Participants will receive the NRCS manual Ponds – Planning, Design and Construction. 8am-1pm,  at the University of Maine Waldo County Cooperative Extension Center, 992 Waterville Road (Rt. 137), Waldo, ME. Register online, or print and mail the form below.


2018 Pond Workshop Agenda and Registration