Forestry Friday with the Maine Forest Service

The Maine Forest Service tries to host these webinars the third Friday of every month but that could vary so please check our Calendar of Events to confirm.

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Date Webinar


August 18, 2023

Invasive Jumping Worms in Maine

Presenter: Maine Forest Service Entomologist, Brittany Schappach

Brittany presents an educational webinar on the history, biology, forest impacts, and management of invasive jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) in Maine.


July 21, 2023

Firewood Alert, the Control and Prevention of invasive insects, What can you do?

Presenter: Maine Forest Ranger Erik Ahlquist and Entomologist Mike Parisio

Erik and Mike discuss the rules of importation of firewood into and throughout Maine. They talk about how to help prevent the spread of invasive insects by limiting the movement of firewood. Invasive insects can have a huge impact on our forests, home, and life. Everyone who enjoys our forests and/or works and depends on our forests have a stake.


May 12, 2023

Tick Talk with Chuck Lubelczyk

Presenter: Chuck Lubelczyk, field scientist with Maine Health Institute for Research Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory

This talk was hosted during Maine's Lyme Disease Awareness Month and covers topics about ticks including ecology, diseases, prevention measures.

Additional Resources


March 24, 2023

A Review of Recent Spruce Budworm Activity in Maine

Presenters: Maine Forest Service Entomologist Mike Parisio

Mike discusses the results of Maine's various spruce budworm (SBW) population monitoring activities over the last four monitoring seasons spanning from 2019-2022. Topics covered include SBW monitoring through pheromone trapping, light trapping, aerial and ground defoliation surveys, overwintering larval surveys, and touch on management activities by private landowners in recent years.


January 19, 2023

Prevention of Logging Vandalism and Theft

Presenters: Maine Forest Service Forest Rangers

Forest rangers from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Maine Forest Service presented an interactive webinar discussing best practices for loggers, landowners and land managers in the prevention of logging vandalism and theft. The Maine Forest Service and other law enforcement agencies across Maine have seen an increase in the theft of fuel and tools from logging operations recently, and the Maine Forest Service is a partner in the prevention and investigation of these crimes.


December 16, 2022

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid IPM in Maine – What’s Involved

Presenters: Maine Forest Service Entomologist, Colleen Teerling

Colleen presented information about managing hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that is spreading and killing trees in Maine. Topics also included integrated pest management strategies and what they can and cannot do to protect hemlocks in your forest (as well as more urban settings).


November 18, 2022

Maine’s Forest Inventory - Past, Present, and Future

Presenters: Maine Forest Service Biometrician, Jereme Frank

Jereme describes Maine’s Forest Inventory System and the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Database. He will also present results from a recent analysis which examine Maine’s past forest inventory, recent trends, and future projections.

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October 21, 2022

Christmas tree and wreath brush laws, guide to harvesting trees and brush properly

Presenters: Maine Forest Service Ranger Sergeant Ben Goodwin

Sergeant Goodwin presents information about wreath brush management and laws in Maine.


September 9, 2022

Overview of Winter Moth Biological Control

Presenter: Dr. Joe Elkinton, University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Dr. Elkinton will provide an overview of current efforts to understand and promote biological control of winter moth (Operophtera brumata). Winter moth is an invasive moth species causing coastal hardwood tree and forest damage and mortality in Maine. For more than a decade it caused more extensive impacts in eastern Massachusetts, eventually spreading to Rhode Island and Connecticut. In those states, winter moth is now largely under control thanks to natural enemies and the work of the Elkinton Lab and their cooperators.


July 15, 2022

Maine's Wildfire Weather Program

Presenters: Regional Forest Ranger Joe Mints and Forest Ranger Dan Perkins

Rangers Mints and Perkins highlight Maine Forest Service's fire weather program and how predictive services are used for wildfire potential. They also provide a behind the scenes look at what goes into delivering a fire danger classification, how a fire danger classification impacts fire response, and what weather factors influence fire spread.


June 17, 2022

Overview of Beech Leaf Disease

Presenter: Cameron McIntire, Plant Pathologist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH and Aaron Berghdal, Plant Pathologist with the Maine Forest Service, Forest Health and Monitoring Division.

Mr. McIntire and Mr. Berghdal provide updates on the current situation of Beech Leaf Disease in Maine.


May 20, 2022

Tree Planting and Mycorrhizal Fungi - How to Best Improve Soil Organisms for Shade Tree Vigor

Presenter: Anne Pringle, Ph.D., L&S Mary Herman Rubinstein and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Pringle discusses the importance of mycorrhizal fungi to tree vigor, if store purchased soil additives really work, soil transplants and invasive fungi. Dr. Pringle will highlight experiments trying to identify ways to improve urban and shade tree vigor.

Additional Resources


April 15, 2022

Wildfire Prevention on Woodlots

Presenter: Kent Nelson, MFS's Forest Ranger Specialist

He discusses ways you can reduce the likelihood of wildfires from occurring on your woodlot and near your homes. There are things you can do that will also help the responding fire department / Forest Rangers in the event of a wildfire.