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Low Impact Forestry Newsletter – October 6, 2020

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October 6, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended last weekend’s Common Ground Country Fair!

LIF would also like to extend a special thank you to Jenn Hicks and Tom Doak from Maine Woodland Owners, Nancy Olmstead from Maine Natural Areas Program, LIF Committee Chair Tim Libby, and Brad Johnson and Derek O’Toole for presenting during the Livestream. We’d also like to thank Morten Moesswilde, Andy Shultz, and Jan Santerre from the Maine Forest Service, and Sam Brown and Peter Hagerty for submitting videos to the content library.

For those who weren’t able to make it to the fair, or would like to take another look, we’ve included all of the LIF videos and presentations here. Happy viewing!

As always, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] with suggestions and material for future editions.


Livestream Videos

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The 10 Biggest Mistakes Woodland Owners Make
Tom Doak, Maine Woodland Owners


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Invasive Plants of Maine
Nancy Olmstead, Maine Natural Areas Program


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Commercial Hybrid Horse Logging and Land Management
Brad Johnson & Derek O’Toole, Third Branch Horse Logging


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Chainsaw Tree Felling Demo
Tim Libby, MOFGA Low Impact Forestry Chair


Content Library

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Thinning a Young Forest Using Log Tongs
This video follows Sam Brown, MOFGA board member and long-time volunteer, as he uses log tongs to thin trees in his young forest.


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Forest Tree ID
This video from the Maine Forest Service teaches basic tree identification skills and identifies nine common Maine tree species.


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Guards at the Door
In this video, we follow Pete Hagerty, member of the Low-Impact Forestry Committee, on a walk through the woods as he discusses how trees store carbon, demonstrates a tree carbon estimator, and shares some moments from his own life.


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Woodland Owners
This video from the Maine Forest Service's Profile in Stewardship Series introduces a group of landowners in Baldwin, Maine, committed to their woodlots' long-term active management.


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Why Own Woodlands?
This video from the Maine Forest Service explores the financial, ecological, and emotional reasons people might own forested land.


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Planning For Your Woodland
This video from the Maine Forest Service explains how a reputable forester can help you meet your woodlot objectives and explains the importance of having a written management plan to guide harvests before harvesting your land.


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Property Tax Options
This video from the Maine Forest Service explains the Tree Growth Tax Program; a program that landowners can use to reduce the tax burden on forested land if their objective is growing forest products.


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Getting Ready For a Timber Harvest
This video from the Maine Forest Service explores the objective-setting and early planning stages of a small timber harvest and shows the relationship between a forester, landowner, and logger.


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Conducting a Timber Harvest
This video from the Maine Forest Service profiles a 10-acre crop tree release harvest, shows footage of a small cable-skidder in operation and offers the logger, landowner, and forester's perspective.


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The Future of Woodlands
This video from the Maine Forest Service introduces ideas about the succession planning process for small landowners in Maine.

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