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Woodland Owner Appreciation Day

Photos by Mark Hunt

Forests are a precious resource. The Lakes Environmental Association, Portland Water District, and Sebago Clean Waters hosts Woodland Owner Appreciation Day to connect you with resources to help keep your land forested for years to come.

This year Loon Echo Land Trust hosted us at the Peabody-Fitch Woods, a preserve and tree farm in Bridgton, adjacent to Narramissic, a Bridgton Historical Society site. Walks included Forestry 101 with Jesse Duplin and Shane Duigan, Exploring post-harvest with Paul Larrivee and Rene Noel, Forestry for Maine Wildlife with Sally Stockwell and Joseph Roy, & Reading the Forest Landscape & History with Jon Evans and Mike Davis. Under the tent presentations about Legacy Planning & Carbon Markets with Jen Hicks and a Forest Landowner Focus Group with USM. 

If you missed it, don’t worry- we’ll do it again next year!

Here are some resources for your forest management journey! You may find them totally overwhelming; there is a lot out there. You can start with your district forester, and go from there.

To walk in the woods with your district forester, talk about your vision, and hear some options: find your district forester here.

Interested in managing for migrating songbirds? Check out the Forestry for Maine Birds program from Maine Audubon.

Here are some Fact sheets from the Maine Forest Service for different management techniques.

More about Maine Tree farm program, and Maine Woodland Owners. And, if you’re a woman who owns a woodland, check out Women Owning Woodlands!

Maybe you don’t have a large woodlot but are interested in protecting woods, waters, wildlife, and way of life. Please connect with a local land trust: Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Mahoosuc Land Trust, Western Foothills Land Trust,  or donate to the Sebago Clean Waters fund to help protect the upper Sebago Lake watershed.

2022 Woodland Owner Appreciation Day

Still not sure where to start? Shoot me an email and let’s have a chat: lauren@mainelakes.org

Thank you for keeping the woods, woods!

Special thanks this year to the Bridgton Historical Society! 

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