Field Day Activities Already Adding Up for Sept. 8

     Here’s a date you won’t want to miss: The annual Forestry Field Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 8. It will honor Russell Black, the Maine 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The Field Day will be held at 123 Black Road in Wilton, and represents a combined effort of Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Tree Farm  for this, the 64th observance.

      Russell and his family manage the Black Family Forest, comprising more than 400 acres of pasture and forestland. Black started working on the family farm when he was 10 years old and took over the forest management in his early 20s. He and his family do most of the forest management on the property themselves, so they are fully engaged with all aspects of the health and productivity of their forest.

     A long-time Maine Woodland Owners member himself, Russell Black also pays close attention to Best Management Practices (BMPs) for maintenance and improvement of water quality. Wildlife habitat is also an important element of the forest management plan. Wildlife practices include mast tree release, constructing brush piles, bird/duck boxes and pollinator habitat improvement.

     The Black Family Farm also boasts a number of related activities, including a very active sugar bush, producing more than 200 gallons of maple syrup per year, raising Black Angus beef to sell locally, as well as beekeeping and honey production.

     The Field Day planning committee has already confirmed some of the activities for the event. These include: a remote-controlled drone demonstration, a tour of the property highlighting numerous activities, including the construction of a new bridge and low-impact timber harvesting.

     There will also be booths and displays from the Maine Forest Service, Maine Natural Areas Program, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and many more. A food truck will be onsite providing a great menu at the event for $10 per meal.

     More details for the event, including directions and a comprehensive list of planned activities. will be provided in the August issue of Maine Woodlands and will be added to this post.


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Pictures, below, are from the 63rd Maine Woodland Owners/Tree Farm Forestry Field Day - September 2017.

 

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