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Low Impact Forestry 101 Field Day in Cherryfield

Friday, May 1, 2015 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

685 Blackwoods Rd.

Want to learn or polish up on the basics of managing your Maine woodlot?

Spend the day with at least six forest and soil experts out in the woods learning about:
− tree species identification,
− the influence of soils on forest plants and harvesting operations,
− and how to make choices about which trees to cut or not.

Because most farms have woodlots, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Low Impact Forestry program (MOFGA LIF) and the Maine Forest Service (MFS) have, over the past 3 years, developed this fast-paced introductory series of hands-on sessions, aimed at people who are at the beginning of their woodland management journey, but is open to anyone.

We will meet at 9 a.m. at Charlie Hitchings' beautiful woodlot in Cherryfield. After introductions we will break up into three groups for the morning to cycle through three learning stations. At noon we'll gather for a lunch break (bring your own!). We will spend the final couple of hours in groups again, then all together, actually marking three small sections of forest as if for harvesting, based on the morning's information. We plan to be done by 3 p.m.

This 6-hour workshop is offered to everyone for free, but a recommended donation of $10 per person will help offset the costs for travel, refreshments, and administration.

or contact: Anna Mueller, MOFGA Events Coordinator: events@mofga.org; 568-4142

For more information about the event, contact:

LIF's Sam Brown - sam@ddatt.org; 277-4221
MFS's Sandy Walczyk - sandra.l.walczyk@maine.gov; 441-4924
or Charlie Hitchings - springriverfarm@myfairpoint.net; 546-9715



Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 19-22, 2015

MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center

Single-day Introduction $75
Three-day Workshop $200
Four-day Package $275

Two-day Chainsaw Safety Class

Friday & Saturday, November 20-21
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine

Click here to register

Class description


Introduction to Low Impact Forestry – November 19

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 $75 ($25 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 $200 ($100 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 $275 ($125 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.


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