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Low Impact Forestry Newsletter – October 6, 2020

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.

Forestry News and Recent Publications – September 2020

September 9, 2020

Small Forest, Big Carbon

This 30-minute podcast from "Cool Solutions" interviews forest scientists, landowners and foresters and explores management strategies landowners could implement to increase the climate mitigating potential of their woodlots. The podcast also explores the social inequities and potential opportunities of carbon markets, and it profiles The Family Forest Project, an effort to incentivize carbon management for small landowners.

To Save the Hemlock, Scientists Turn to Genetics and Natural Predators

The hemlock wooly adelgid is present in at least five Maine counties, and this article explains the existential threat these insects pose to eastern hemlock. It also explores early efforts to produce resistant trees and considers biocontrols to reduce adelgid populations.

Hardwood Quality: Stain and Compartmentalization

This article, written by University of Maine professor emeritus Bob Seymour and published in the Maine Woodlot Owners August newsletter, discusses silvicultural choices landowners can make to increase hardwood log quality. The author calculates the financial returns from sound management and demonstrates the value of growing quality wood.

Climate Change Tree Atlas

This publication from the U.S. Forest Service predicts how different tree species' ranges might expand or contract as climate change impacts growing conditions, moisture levels and catastrophic weather events. It could guide landowners and managers as they consider what species to encourage through intentional regeneration harvests or what trees they might want to introduce to their woodlots through carefully considered planting efforts.

Non-Native Plant Spotlight: Shrubby Honeysuckles

This fact sheet from the University of Maine describes the threat posed to native habitats by shrubby honeysuckles, provides identification information and describes these plants' preferred habitat. The publication also offers information about mechanical control measures you can use to manage honeysuckle on your property.



Seven-Week Climate Adaptation Interactive Course from The Northeast Institute of Applied Climate Science

September 9, 2020

"This unique opportunity provides hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management professionals working in forests and natural ecosystems. Participants will receive coaching and feedback while using the Adaptation Workbook to develop their own real-world climate adaptation project. The course consists of seven web sessions with work time occurring between sessions." Learn more about this free course here.


Forestry News and Recent Publications – August 2020

August 2, 2020

New Forest Carbon Offset Strategies Turn to Small Landowners for Big Impact

This article from the Conservation Finance Network describes two programs currently in development to provide financial incentives for carbon management on small woodlots.

Non-Native Plant Spotlight: Glossy and Common Buckthorn

This fact sheet from the University of Maine describes the threat posed to native habitats by glossy and common buckthorn, provides identification information and describes the preferred habitat of these plants. The publication also offers information about mechanical control measures you can use to manage buckthorn on your property.

Governor Mills and DACF Commissioner Beal Outline Opportunities for Maine's Congressional Delegation to Support the Forest Products Industry

This letter offers recommendations for federal action to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the forest products industry.

Coronavirus and Papermaking Woes Bring Tough Times to Maine's Logging Industry

This article, published in The Portland Press Herald, discusses the effect of a mild winter, COVID-19 and the loss of low-grade markets on loggers in Maine.  Though the article primarily focuses on companies using whole-tree harvesting equipment, it describes market forces that are impacting all loggers, landowners, and foresters.


We hope to use this space to build the LIF community, share forestry information and educational opportunities, and highlight some of the work being done by LIF practitioners and landowners.

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