Help plant future forests of Coastal Maine May 8

May 06, 2019
Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast.

Belfast — Coastal Mountains Land Trust, the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District are collaborating on a pilot research project to study which native tree species will thrive in the future in coastal Maine forests.

They are looking for volunteers to help with planting bare root tree seedlings and setting up the research plots on Wednesday, May 8, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast. Bring water, snacks, a shovel and work gloves.

The forests of Maine are experiencing many changes, including warming temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, tree pests, and abundant deer. How will the forests of Maine respond to these pressures? Which tree species will thrive and which may decline? Will we continue to see a spruce and fir dominated landscape Downeast? Will the existing tree species in Midcoast Maine retain their dominance or will more warm-adapted species from further south flourish?

To address these questions and foster the future forests of coastal Maine, the organizations are conducting a pilot study on four sites within forests from Belfast to the Schoodic peninsula.

To RSVP, contact Coastal Mountains Land Trust at info@coastalmountains.org.

Directions: From downtown Belfast, take Main Street west and immediately turn right onto Waldo Avenue. In 1.5 miles, turn right onto Doak Road. Parking area is on the right immediately after Doak’s Machine Shop.

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