Augusta-based Maine Woodland Owners plans to host their annual forestry forum on Wednesday, Jan.12 via Zoom.
The forum will begin with a brief members’ meeting at 8:00 a.m. and will be followed by a series of presentations on timber markets, timber wildlife, forest carbon markets and updates on forest pests and diseases. .
This free event, open to the public, provides information on forestry and covers topics of importance to forest owners. Again, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s biggest indoor event of the year will take place entirely online.
The program will include a presentation of the results of a 30-year study on the impacts of commercial forestry on bird populations. Lead researcher Dr John Hagan will discuss the findings and how various forest practices, including clearcutting, have benefited bird migration and habitat when managing biodiversity, a concept called “The Shifting Mosaic”.
He will also discuss how the study’s lessons can help small, non-commercial forest owners make bird-friendly management decisions.
For several years, Maine Woodland Owners programmed the forum during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, so after the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced its decision to move the show to an online format, Maine Woodland Owners also made the switch. .
The agricultural trades fair will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, from January 11 to 13.
In addition to hosting the full-day program, Maine Woodland Owners is hosting an online auction with unique items, including a sculpture created by woodcarver Josh Landry. Landry is the creator of the sculpture Stephen and Tabitha King commissioned for their home in Bangor.
The auction will take place from January 7 to 12, just after the forum ends.
For more information on the event, visit mainewoodlandowners.org or contact Jennifer Hicks, Director of Communications and Outreach, at [emailÂ protected] or 207-626-0005.