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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 – 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.


Logging Apprenticeship Opportunity at Third Branch Horse Logging in Vermont

August 2, 2020

Third Branch Horse Logging LLP, owned by long-time LIF instructor Brad Johnson and his business partner Derek O'Toole, has an opening in its Horse Logger Apprenticeship Program (HLAP). Located in central Vermont and based around a traditional tradesman's apprenticeship model, candidates should expect a rigorous full year of hands-on working and learning starting in January 2021 and running through the end of the fall timber harvesting season (typically mid-December). While no experience is necessary, candidates need to demonstrate a real interest in learning the skills necessary to practice positive impact forestry, including horsemanship; ecology and economics of timber harvesting; chainsaw use and maintenance; directional tree felling; operating small-scale logging machinery; building and maintaining trails; processing firewood; seasonal working considerations; and more. A relentless working attitude is a must along with the physical and mental ability to do strenuous work during long hours outside. Housing is provided. Johnson and O'Toole require an in-person interview with time spent working with them. For more information, contact Johnson at 802-345-7488 or [email protected].


Low Impact Forestry Content for 2020 Common Ground Country Fair

August 2, 2020

We're currently seeking content for the LIF area at the 2020 alternative online Common Ground Country Fair and are reaching out to you for your ideas and contributions.

Please see the Educational Content Submission Guidelines for details about content format and parameters. There are several ways to get involved, and we'd love to include you. Submit ideas for Livestream content by August 7 and for pre-recorded content by August 17. If you have an idea or are interested in submitting content, please contact Noah for more information.


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.

Our format and content are a work in progress, so please reach out to [email protected] with your comments, additions, and suggestions.

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