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Talks on forest soils & health, woodland mushroom cultivation July 10

Jul 01, 2019

Belfast — On Wednesday, July 10, 9 a.m. to noon, 3 Streams Farm in Belfast is offering "Woodland Soils and Forest Health in Changing Conditions," a morning in the woods with Ivan Fernandez, woodland soil expert at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources and Climate Change Institute.

Fernandez has for many years studied the biogeochemical response of forests and forested watersheds to management, air pollution, temperature change and moisture stress.

Fernandez does not have all the answers, but bring your questions. 3 Streams farmer Shana Hanson will be asking: What is especially valuable or unique about Maine woodland soils? What are effects of various weather and climate conditions on soils and trees? How much do a biodiversity of wild creatures contribute to soil health? What are soil and tree species responses to atmospheric depositions in precipitation, or to ground level ozone? Are there differences of atmospheric depositions near our coastline? What are effects of forestation or deforestation patterns, and of logging practices?

And, what can we do for our forests and woodland soils, to remediate losses, to help them contribute to climate stability through their water cycling and carbon sequestration, and to increase resilience?

Continuing the same day, 1 to 4 p.m., Geoff Nosach and Lizzy Hayes of Mercer Mushroom Museum will lead Agaricus, Stropharia and Shitake Mushroom Cultivation for Agroforestry, Leaf-based Livestock, and Silvopastural Settings, a productive way to speed carbon cycling to soil, with gourmet fringe benefits.

Call 3 Streams Farm, 338-3301, to register, or email Suggested but flexible registration fee is $35 for the day.


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