Maine Woodland owners will host an online forum

Maine Woodland Owners will host their annual Forestry Forum on Wednesday, January 12.

Maine Woodland Owners will host their annual Forestry Forum on Wednesday January 12th. This is a free event open to the public providing information on forestry and discussing topics important to timber owners. Once 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 of the impacts of commercial forestry on bird populations. Lead researcher Dr. John Hagan will discuss the findings and how various forestry practices, including clearcutting, have benefited bird migration and habitat when managing biodiversity, a concept called “The Shifting Mosaic”. He will also explain how lessons learned from the study can help small, non-commercial forest owners make bird-friendly management decisions.

The Forestry Forum will begin with a brief meeting of members at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a series of presentations on timber markets, forest wildlife, forest carbon markets, and updates on forest pests and diseases. forests. Last year’s online event deviated from the Augusta Civic Center’s in-person format that attendees had come to expect.

For the past few years, Maine Woodland Owners has scheduled the Forestry Forum during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, so once the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced its decision to move the show to a online, Maine Woodland Owners made the switch as well. The Agricultural Trades Fair will be held from Tuesday January 11 to Thursday January 13.

In addition to hosting the full-day program, Maine Woodland Owners is also hosting an online auction featuring unique items, including a sculpture created by woodcarver Josh Landry. Landry was the creator of the sculpture that 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 Forestry Forum.

Maine Woodland Owners was established in 1975 as an educational organization dedicated to providing knowledge and technical support to small Maine woodland owners. 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 supporting Maine’s 86,000 family woodlot owners.

The Forest Forum will be held on the Zoom online conference platform. For more information about the event and how to attend, visit the Maine Woodland Owners website,, or contact Jennifer Hicks, Director of Communications and Outreach, at [email protected] or 207-626-0005.

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