Forest owners in Maine will be hosting their annual forest forum on Wednesday January 12th. This is a free event open to the public offering information on forestry and discussing 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.
This year’s 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.
The Forest Forum will begin with a brief membership 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 pests and diseases. forests. Last year’s online event was a change from the Augusta Civic Center in-person format that attendees expected.
For the past several years, Maine Woodland Owners has scheduled the Forestry Forum during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, so after the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced its decision to scale the show to a format online, the Maine Woodland Owners made the switch. also. The Agricultural Trades Fair will be held from Tuesday January 11 to Thursday January 13.
In addition to hosting the program throughout the day, Maine Woodland Owners also hosts 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 end of the Forest Forum.
Maine Woodland Owners was established in 1975 as an educational organization dedicated to providing knowledge and technical support to small forest owners in Maine. Their goal is to increase landowner engagement and long-term stewardship to ensure the health of Maine’s forests. Maine Woodland Owners is the only statewide organization that supports Maine’s 86,000 family forest owners.
The Forest Forum will be held on the Zoom online conference platform. For more information on the event and how to attend, visit the Maine Woodland Owners website, www.mainewoodlandowners.org, or contact Jennifer Hicks, Director of Communications and Outreach, at [email protected] or 207 -626-0005.