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Forestry for the Future: Lessons in Sustainable Management from Maine

June 1, 2020

This new 30-minute film directed by LIF community member Maren Granstrom, "goes inside the Penobscot Experimental Forest to show the clear and long-lasting differences in the forest created by several kinds of silviculture and harvesting. Experts from around Maine describe how to manage for wildlife, climate change, pests and disease, and explain how a forester can be helpful." Created with support from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, UMaine, and the U.S. Forest Service. View the film on YouTube

Managing a Maine Woodland to Maximize Carbon Sequestration

June 1, 2020

Written by Denny Gallaudet, lifetime MOFGA member and LIF community member, this paper discusses how the author actively manages his woodlot in southern Maine with carbon in mind. It translates current science about forest carbon into a set of best management practices for landowners to consider if their management objectives include both periodic harvests and carbon sequestration. Read or download the PDF.

Low Impact Forestry Principles, Goals and Guidelines

June 1, 2020

Excerpted from Mitch Lanky's "Low Impact Forestry" book, "This chapter is intended to give landowners an understanding of the reasons behind LIF so that they can better communicate their objectives. Indeed, for the system to work well, it is best if landowners have their management objectives in writing. This chapter lists recommended guidelines and standards for foresters and loggers that, if followed, would help meet the LIF objectives."

Restoring Old-Growth Characteristics

June 1, 2020

"Although new old-growth forests cannot be created, the opportunity exists to restore old-growth characteristics in our current forests ... This pamphlet (PDF) will introduce you to some of the habitat features of old-growth forests, outline management options and resources for restoring these features to your woodlands, and discuss opportunities to realize both economic and ecological benefits from your forest."

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