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What is the Forester's Institute?
In 2008 the Maine Forest Service launched a new series of educational programs for Maine Licensed Foresters. Called the Forester’s Institute, its objectives are to provide topical and interactive sessions for Maine Licensed Foresters; delivered on a regular schedule and at low or no cost. Workshops are generally offered in two geographic locations, as well as webinar formats.
Workshop topics are identified by the needs of Maine Licensed Foresters - determined by on-line surveys and workshop evaluations. Workshops are announced via MFS Foresters (sign up box to the right) and Woods Wise list-serves and are posted on the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry website.
We continue to explore ways to expand workshop locations, as well as the incorporation of emerging distance education options and alternative workshop formats.
Past Forester's Institute Workshops
Tree Growth Tax Law - October 11 (Scarborough) & 12 (Bangor), 2017; January 30, 2018 – Ellsworth
- Tree Growth Tax Law – A Little Bit of History & the Governor’s Executive Order - Donald Mansius (PDF | 424 KB)
- Commonly Heard Questions from Landonwers, Foresters, and Assessors - Andy Shultz (PDF | 178 KB)
- Tree Growth Forest Management & Harvest Plans: MFS Review Procedures & Review Findings - Tim Post (PDF | 263 KB)
- Open Space Program - Maine Revenue Services (PDF | 63 KB)
- Key Milestones of the Tree Growth Tax Law and Related Issues (PDF | 68 KB)
- MFS letter to Vinalhaven assessors (PDF | 202 KB)
- MFS Letter to foresters who have worked on Vinalhaven properties (PDF | 712 KB)
- MFS Tree Growth Tax Law review checklist (PDF | 32 KB)
Emerald Ash Borer - August 21, 2014
- Maine's Forest Resources: Past, Present, and Future - Ken Laustsen, Biometrician, Maine Forest Service (PDF | 2.28 MB)
- EAB background, invasion history, risk associated with EAB - Nathan W. Siegert, Ph.D. Forest Entomologist ▪ US Forest Service (presentation unavailable)
- Emerald Ash Borer: Coming Soon to Maine - Colleen Teerling, Entomologist, Maine Forest Service (PDF | 11.1 MB)
- Post detection (what happens after detection) limitation surveys, quarantines, forest management, tools for management (woodlots, towns (briefly) - Nathan W. Siegert, Ph.D. Forest Entomologist ▪ US Forest Service (presentation unavailable)
Growing Oaks in Maine Woods - November 8, 2013
- Dendrology and Silvics - Maxwell McCormack (PDF | 3.17 MB)
- Forest Insect and Disease Issues affecting oak - William Ostrofsky (PDF | 4.62 MB)
- Markets and trends - Lloyd Irland (PDF | 588 KB)
- New England Forestry Foundation Regen and Crop Trees - Si Balch (PDF | 163 KB)
- Resource importance & Trends - Ken Laustsen (PDF | 800 KB)
- Silviculture - Bill Leak (PDF | 1.32 MB)
- Wildlife habitat considerations - Mariko Yamasaki(PDF | 1.65 MB)