WELCOME TO THE BE WOODS WISE BULLETIN
This is the second issue of a quarterly newsletter published
by the Maine Forest Service (MFS) to connect Maine landowners
with information about their forests, and with the resources – people,
new publications, events, websites, etc. – they need
to make informed choices about their woodlands.
Be Woods Wise supports and encourages landowner stewardship.
Stewardship means protecting and improving a whole range of
resources – recreation, wildlife habitat, woodland aesthetics,
forest health, soil and water resources, wood or other forest
products. Stewardship means meeting your needs as landowner
while sustaining natural resources for the future.
Be Woods Wise and other MFS landowner assistance efforts are
supported by grants through the USDA Forest Service’s
Forest Stewardship Program, the USDA Forest Service’s
Forest Land Enhancement Program, and other sources.
“HOT” TOPIC – FIREWOOD
Now might be a good time to think of next year’s firewood.
As of March, dry firewood is selling for $185 a cord in the
Augusta area. If you are planning any thinning or tree removals
this summer, you might do your pocketbook a favor cutting all
the limbs and tops and putting it into cord piles of firewood.
During the course of the summer it will season, maybe even
dry out if the pile is covered and well-ventilated.
Next fall, if and when the price of oil heads for the hills,
one of two things could happen. You might be glad you’ve
put up some of your own wood for the woodstove. On the other
hand, if you’ve put those piles where they’re visible
from a traveled road, those folks who have been watching the
piles all summer long may come a-calling. If you put a price
on the one-cord piles, come September 1st, raise it by a few
dollars and see what happens. And, if you don’t sell
it, you can become your own best customer!
Peter Lammert is the MFS Utilization and Marketing Forester, and can be reached
at the Augusta office, at 207 287-4995.
WOODSWISE COST-SHARE PROGRAM – MAY SIGN-UP
Maine Forest Service, with funding from the USDA Forest Service,
offers financial incentives or “cost-sharing” to
woodland owners to implement some recommendations of their
Forest Management Plans*.
MFS District Foresters will be accepting applications for
the implementation of eligible projects during the month of
May. Applications are due by May 31st in the MFS District Forester
office. Landowners must have an MFS-approved plan to be eligible
and projects must be conducted with the help of a private forester
who is eligible to act as a WoodsWISE Stewardship Forester.
Approximately $200,000 will be available for projects.
Interested landowners must apply and be pre-approved for
cost-sharing, before the project begins to be eligible. The
program then reimburses landowners for actual, documented costs
once the work is completed.
Application forms, eligibility & project requirements,
and additional information are available at www.state.me.us/doc/mfs/fpm/wwi/wwi.htm/.
For additional assistance, contact the MFS Augusta office,
your MFS District Forester, or your consulting forester. *Landowners
who do not have an approved Forest Management Plan can apply
for cost-share for plans at any time. The plan must be completed
before landowners are eligible for project cost-sharing.
Project Canopy is Maine’s community forestry program.
It helps cities and towns build and support sustainable community
forestry programs, and maximize the benefits that trees and
forests provide. Project Canopy provides hands-on assistance
and training for communities, volunteers, and professionals,
educates people about the benefits of community trees and forests,
and connects people who have a particular expertise with people
who need that expertise.
Any long-term community forestry program needs commitment
and understanding from many different community groups. Project
Canopy’s role is to get people in different corners talking
to each other, so that awareness about trees can flourish.
We do that by using down-to-earth strategies, and sending technical
experts into your city or town to lend hands-on assistance.
To learn more about Project Canopy please visit www.projectcanopy.org or
Maine Forest Service and other organizations host frequent
events of interest to woodland owners, foresters, loggers,
and others. Call MFS or visit our calendar: http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/mfs/events.shtml.
If you know of an event for the calendar, please contact MFS.
Forest Trees of Maine, one of MFS’s most popular publications,
is now available online, at www.state.me.us/doc/mfs/pubs/ftm/ftm.htm.
WORKING WITH NATURAL RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS
Ten Maine Forest Service District Foresters are located in
field offices throughout the state. Their primary role is to
provide information and technical assistance to landowners – and,
if need be, help them locate other professionals. MFS program
staff/specialists are in the Augusta office. MFS services are
The following lists some of the other natural resource professionals
you may encounter – or whose services you may need.
Private, independent consulting foresters provide professional
services such as forest management planning, timber harvest
administration, layout, and supervision, and other services,
directly to landowners. All Foresters in Maine must be licensed
by the state – most have a four-year degree in forestry.
No one may offer professional forestry services in Maine without
a license. Other foresters may be employed by forest products
companies, large landowners, etc.
Loggers are skilled in the actual cutting and removal of timber.
They vary widely in the equipment they use, the type of harvests
they conduct, how they utilize and sell trees they harvest,
and the degree of training they have received. Master Logger,
Certified Logging Professional (CLP), and Qualified Logging
Professional are Maine-based independent training and accreditation
programs for loggers.
Forest Rangers are employed by Maine Forest Service. They
are tasked with preventing and putting out wildfires, as well
as with enforcing most forest laws.
Arborists are specialists in the care of individual trees.
Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, especially
in residential settings, and are trained and equipped to provide
proper care. Practicing arborists must obtain a license through
the Maine Department of Agriculture. For help finding an arborist
call MFS and ask to speak to the Community Forester, Mike DeBonis.
You can also call the Maine Department of Agriculture at (207)
Wildlife Biologists are employed by state/federal agencies,
nonprofit organizations, and forest products companies. A few
are independent consultants. Some are registered as Certified
Wildlife Biologists by The Wildlife Society, a private entity.
To find the MFS District Forester nearest you, or for more
information or help finding other professionals, call the MFS
Augusta office or go to www.state.me.us/doc/mfs/fpm/ff/foresters.htm.
MAINE TREE FOUNDATION
The Maine TREE Foundation, founded in 1989, has as its mission
to “educate and advocate for the sustainable use of the
forest and the ecological, economic and social health of Maine’s
forest community. Under Maine TREE’s vision, “the
public values and supports Maine’s healthy forest ecosystems,
forest professionals, scientific forest management, and sound
public policies that sustain Maine’s forest-dependent
people and communities.
Maine TREE sponsors The Long Term Education About Forests
(LEAF) Program, Project Learning Tree (PLT), the Maine Tree
Farm Committee and the Certified Logging Professional (CLP)
Program. Teacher Tours are in their eighth summer and have
introduced almost 500 Maine educators to the forest and the
forest products industry in four-day “muddy boots” experiences
in Maine’s woods and mills. Foresters, loggers, land
and mill owners, educators and other professionals help teachers
learn about Maine’s forest resource and the people who
work in it. Tours feature a PLT workshop and provide educators
with a Maine CD-ROM, Maine Forests Forever Green, a compendium
of information about Maine’s forests, Maine Forest Facts,
and other classroom/curriculum material.
Maine TREE is an independent, private, non-profit education
organization, supported by contributions from individuals,
other non-profits, members of the business community, and by
grants. To support Maine TREE’s programs, or for more
information, call Maine TREE’s office at (207) 621-9872,
email email@example.com, or www.mainetreefoundation.org.