Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
This introductory course is intended to bring everyone up to speed on LIF principles and practices. For some participants it may be a review, but for others this will be a day full of new information. We will cover a diverse array of topics ranging from silviculture to woodland ecology, but also including logging equipment, legal considerations of forestry activities, creation of management plans, and more. This course will be taught by loggers, landowners, and foresters. We will do some work at the Common Ground Woodlot in Unity, but we will also visit neighboring woodlots to learn more about woodlot management styles and options. The workshop will include instruction and practice on topics including:
* Managing woodlands for sustained economic and ecological value
* Planning and carrying out timber harvests
* Woodland species ID and characteristics
* Minimizing residual stand damage
* Adding value to your forest products
The cost of this one-day course is $100 (reduced fee for students and apprentices, JPs free).
Annual LIF 101 Workshop at MOFGA – Friday, Saturday & Sunday ONLY
Students will choose to learn about either (1) logging with draft animals, or (2) logging with small machinery and hand tools. Students must have completed the Introduction to Low Impact Forestry either this year or last to take this course.
Students in the draft animal track will begin the weekend with the foundations of draft animal care, and developing working relationships. Students will learn about or review draft animal care, health, and maintenance. We will also spend time learning the basics of driving a working animal – terminology, equipment, harnessing, voice and body commands, etc.. During the latter half of the weekend students will work side by side with their instructors to gain confidence driving animals through obstacle courses of varying difficulty. Weather permitting, students who feel comfortable will have a chance towards the end of the course to spend some time in the woodlot moving logs. All students will have an opportunity to drive different sorts of animals, using different equipment, pulling different loads, and get different types of feedback.
Students in the small machinery and hand tools track will begin with the simplest types of mechanical advantage provided by human-powered hand tools. Throughout the duration of the course students will build upon their understanding of levers, pulleys, and mechanical advantage and will apply them in various situations. By the end of the course students will have been exposed to the benefits and limits of tools ranging from a peavey to a tractor-powered winch. The goal of this course is to understand the need to match the size and scope of machinery to the goals and skills of the operator. There are many tools out there that will make harvesting and moving wood easier; the difficult part is choosing the one that will best suit your skills and needs.
Details: The cost of this three-day workshop is $350 ($175 for students and apprentices, JPs free). Registration fees include full board, including mid-morning snack each day. Camping or cot space is available. Details will be provided with registration confirmation.
Low Impact Forestry Full Workshop (all four days)
Thursday: Introduction to Low Impact Forestry (see description above)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Low Impact Forestry 101 (see description above)
Details: The cost of this four-day workshop is $450 (reduced fee for students and apprentices, JPs free). Registration fees include full board, including mid-morning snack each day. Camping or cot space is available. Details will be provided with registration confirmation.
Please contact Anna Mueller, Education Events Coordinator, with any questions.