Next Woodland Stewardship Tour is May 24th: Learn How to Plant a Tree

Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service’s series of short field tours highlighting forest stewardship and conservation continues.

Save the date: Thursday, May 24th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Tree Planting – We’ll talk about and demonstrate selection and different methods of planting trees – from small seedlings to balled/burlapped ornamental trees. Participants will take home a small seedling to plant. Meet at Belfast City Park on Northport Avenue.

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.

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 McKeage, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 207-218-5311 or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, at 207-441-2895.

Watch for the Browntail Moth…a Health Hazard

The browntail moth’s winter webs are small and tight and are often found in groups at the ends of tree branches.

Browntail moth has been spreading in Maine, and is now found in Waldo County. Right now is a good time to see the moth’s winter webs in trees. This moth can pose a serious health hazard to humans, as it sheds toxic hairs that can produce severe rashes and breathing problems. The Maine Forest Service is asking for people to alert them if they have seen evidence of browntail moth. Early spring is also a good time to clip off and destroy the webs, one of the ways we can control its spread. For more information, stop by the Waldo County Soil and Water District office. We have information sheets that will show you what to look for as well as provide more information on this noxious, invasive species.

This short video clip provides a brief overview:

http://www.wabi.tv/content/news/-Be-On-The-Lookout-For-Browntail-Moth-Caterpillars-475877453.html

More information:

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/browntail_moth_info.htm

Woodland Stewardship Series Continues – March and April Tours

Working with Your Woods:  Waldo County Woodland Stewardship Field Tours

Once the most common equipment in the woods, a small cable skidder, with a careful, skilled operator, is still a good option for sustainable harvesting.

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.

Wednesday, March 21th, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (note time change) – 133 N. Main St., Morrill. Our March event will be a post-harvest review of a fall 2017 logging operation – what was the plan, how did it work, what are the results? This operation with a chainsaw and small skidder contrasts with an earlier tour involving a cut-to-length harvest system. 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. Forester and landowner will be present to provide context. Our hosts are the folks at Century Farm in Morrill, 133 N Main St (route 131, approximately 0.8 miles north of the village center/general store). Meet at the farm.

Save the date: Thursday, April 26th, 3-5pm. Tending the Forest – Which Trees Do I Cut? The heart of forestry is vegetation management or “silviculture” – deciding if, when, and which trees to remove, in a commercial or non-commercial harvest. But what if timber production is not a priority? We’ll start with understanding how different tree species live, how forests grow, what creatures live there – and consider options for actively managing the forest cover to promote non-timber and timber values of the forest. Then we’ll do a forest “marking” exercise, in a couple of locations. Foresters often mark trees to communicate which trees are to cut as part of harvest planning – here’s a chance to participate. Hint: it’s easier before the leaves come out! Location TBA. (This presentation will be a field follow-up to a 3/19 presentation at the Belfast Library: “What’s a Woodlot, and what do I do if I have one?”)

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 due to weather, 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.