Annual Meeting and Forestry Forum

     Maine Woodland Owners’ annual meeting and all-day Forestry Forum is set for Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Augusta Civic Center on the second floor, north wing, during the Agricultural Trades Show.  Here are some of the highlights.

    Prolific writer, author, and naturalist Tom Seymour will discuss his book – just published – Wild Plants of Maine. He will have copies to sign and sell.  

   Emerald ash borer, a devastating insect on all true ash species was found this past summer in three different locations in Maine – and there are certainly more undiscovered sites. We have an expert on managing for the insect, Dr. Nate Siegert, a forest entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service, speaking on what woodland owners should expect, and recommendations going forward.    

     Each year we try to include the unusual.  This year we’ll have the story of a man who recently retraced his great-great grandfather’s footprints – literally – through the forest from Quebec to Biddeford in 1845. That man, and his daughter – who produced the film, The Home Road, will both be on hand to discuss the journey, before and after we show the film.

        Confused about the different ways to sell timber? We’ll have a segment outlining the pros and cons of these options: 1) landowner sells stumpage to logger without forester involvement, 2) landowner hires a forester to sell stumpage to logger, and 3) landowner hires forester to contract with a logger to provide logging services, and forester negotiates sale of timber.

      Ticks: If you spend much time in the outdoors, or have family members who do, you know what a problem ticks have become. But did you know there is a group whose mission is to raise awareness, foster education, advocate for change and provide support for those affected by Lyme Disease and other tickborne diseases? It’s Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education – but don’t be fooled by their name; they work statewide. Co-founded by two Lyme disease patients, they are experts on all things ticks. They’ll make a presentation and be on hand to answer questions one-on-one.

     And as usual, we will have a silent auction and numerous door prizes. Our Annual Meeting portion will include an update on our activities over the past year and what we see for the coming year and beyond. 

Agenda:

  • 8:00-8:30  - Coffee and Informal Discussion with Board members and Staff
  • 8:30-9:15 - Annual Meeting. Update of activities, plans for 2019, awards, legislative update, and election of board members and officers. Door prizes.
  • 9:15 - Adjourn Annual Meeting
  • 9:15-9:30 ForMaine is a collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and non-profits to ensure that Maine adapts to market changes strategically including to grow and diversify Maine’s forest products sector 40% by 2025.  Tom Doak, Executive Director Maine Woodland Owners and Sarah Curran, Project Manager, Maine Development Foundation.
  • 9:30-10:15 How Not to Have a Tick Encounter.   Five easy habits that will reduce the chance of a tick encounter, thus lowering exposure to tick-borne disease and increasing time spent outdoors. Paula Jackson Jones, President and Co-Founder 
    Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education.
  • 10:15-11:00 -  Managing Your Woodland in the Face of an Emerald Ash Borer Outbreak.  Dr. Nate Siegert, Forest Entomologist, U.S. Forest Service.
  • 11:00-11:45 Maine author, Storyteller, Dowser and Forager Tom Seymour. Tom, will discuss his just released book Wild Plants of Maine and other musings.  Copies of this book, and other books he has written will be available to purchase. 
  • 11:45 Lunch (Available for purchase in the meeting room or on your own) Door Prizes
  • 1:00-1:15 Tree Farm Awards including Maine's 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmer 
  • 1:15-2:30 The Home Road. In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 through the forest and small towns of Maine to Biddeford to find work in an American boomtown being transformed by the Industrial Revolution. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson retraced the journey, walking from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford.
  • 2:30:-3:15 Demystifying a Timber Harvest. The Pros and Cons of Different Ways to Sell Wood from Your Land. John Bryant, Region Manager, American Forest Management
  • 3:15 Door Prizes and Adjourn