SWOAM Western Maine chapter Meeting - Otisfield

Date: September 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Merle Ring's Woodlot
Otisfield, Maine

The western chapter September meeting will feature one of the most basic topics of woodlot management – tree identification. Maine has about 72 native species of trees. Depending on the location a typical woodlot might have from 10 to 20 different tree species, each with it’s own unique needs for sunlight, soil, aspect and value, not only in dollars but also aesthetics and wildlife.

The meeting will be at the home of Merle Ring, state District Forester and long time SWOAM member. Merle has 16 acres of forestland he has been managing for almost 30 years and he will be leading a tour of his lot, identifying at least 16 different tree species and talking about identifying features.

To find Merle’s home from Norway, take rt. 118 west through town, passing Norway lake on the right. About a mile from town, take a left on Rt. 117 heading toward Harrison. At about 6 miles take a left on Gore road. At about 1/2 mile, take a right on Bow st. Follow this about a mile to the intersection of Ahonen rd. on the left. Continue straight through the intersection onto a gravel road. Merle’s driveway is about 300 ft. down this road on the left. Look for the SWOAM sign and his Tree Farm sign.

The public is, of course, welcome. Coffee and donuts and registration at 8:30, meeting starts at 9.

Cost: The public is, of course, welcome. Coffee and donuts and registration at 8:30, meeting starts at 9.