Tending the forest

Waldo County woodland stewardship tour set for Northport

Apr 16, 2018
Woodland conditions today at the Durham Forest are the result of past events — both natural and human-caused.

Northport — Join Maine Forest Service District Forester Morten Moesswilde Thursday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. for a walk-through of a portion of Durham State Forest.

View a variety of forest conditions on the property gifted to the state in the 1960s by the heirs of J.C. Durham and gain an understanding of how forests are different in species and structure, and how they develop, including in response to harvesting. This property was last harvested in the 1980s.

Moesswilde will talk about how species and structure inform how we might “tend” a forest for the future, for a variety of goals — through thinning and/or regenerating harvests. The event includes a hands-on “tree marking” exercise. Meet on Rocky Road, near the intersection with Bog Road, in Northport. Some of the walking will be off-trail on uneven ground.

On Thursday, May 24, 3 to 5 p.m., Moesswilde will offer "Tree Planting," talking about and demonstrating selection and different methods of planting trees — from small seedlings to balled/burlapped ornamental trees. Participants will take home a small seedling to plant. Location to be announced.

The events are free and open to the public. They involve being outdoors and walking in the woods, and will occur rain, snow, or shine, so dress for field conditions. Parking is often limited; consider carpooling.

For more informatio,n contact Aleta McKeage, technical director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, at 218-5311 or Moesswilde at 441-2895.

 

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