Maine Woodland Owners Day at the Common Ground Country Fair Speakers' Tent

This year at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine Woodland Owners  featured a day-long series of presentations at the Low-Impact Forestry speakers' tent. We  selected and organized this speakers series with the interests and concerns of Maine's woodland owners in mind.

   Topics covered included managing  your woodlot for wildlife, controlling invasive plants, or identifying forest pests and diseases,  a discussion about whole tree harvesting,  new uses for wood, efforts to restore the American chestnut tree, and ways to avoid common mistakes landowners make. Following is a description of the talks that took place.



INVASIVE PLANTS ON YOUR WOODLOT, Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program

Plants such as shrubby honeysuckle, buckthorn, Japanese barberry, and others are invading Maine farms, woods, and wetlands.  Learn how to identify common invasive plants and strategies for controlling them. 


MANAGING YOUR WOODLOT FOR WILDLIFE, Ryan Robicheau, Wildlife Management Section Supervisor at MDIFW  

Learn how to combine managing for wildlife and timber on your woodlot. Ryan, who is also a forester, will cover habitat needs of wildlife you might find on your land, as well as some basic forestry (silviculture) methods to meet those habitat needs. There will be time for questions and answers.

REINTRODUCTION OF THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT, Brian Roth, Board member of the Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation and Associate Director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit at the University of Maine 

The American chestnut tree has been absent from the landscape for almost 100 years.  Learn about the importance of the American chestnut, the science behind encouraging resistance to chestnut blight, and future challenges. His discussion will cover the location of the best soils, climate considerations, and making room for the new trees in an existing forest. 

, Tom Doak, Executive Director, 
Maine Woodland Owners, and Mitch Lansky, author and a founder of the Maine Low-Impact Forestry Project

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to use whole tree harvesting equipment, as compared to simply removing the main stem.  They will discuss the pros and cons of whole tree harvesting and when its use may and may not be appropriate. 

NEW USES FOR WOOD, Benjamin Herzog, Wood Technologist in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center,
the University of Maine

Maine's forest products industry has reached a turning point in the past few years.  While there is no doubt that there have been significant changes recently, thee is optimism during this time of transition, Maine's forest products industry can become poised to diversify, innovate, and expand.  Learn how new forest products are transforming the forest industry and what that means for Maine both now and in the future.



Forest Entomologist, Maine Forest Service, DACF

This talk will provide an update on current insect and disease conditions in Maine forests and information on insects to watch for.  Come prepared with questions from your woodlot, but please don’t bring samples (feel free to bring photos).  If time and conditions allow, Allison will look at what’s bugging the trees around the LIF tent. 


THE TEN BIGGEST MISTAKES WOODLAND OWNERS MAKE, Tom Doak, Executive Director, Maine Woodland Owners 

Based on years of answering questions and helping landowners, this interactive presentation highlighteds the most common problems landowners face and how to avoid them.