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Woodland Owner Appreciation Day

Hey Folks, Alanna here (goofy one on the left) to share some info about my favorite people in the woods. I wish I had known more of them when I was getting ready to harvest land in Sebago. But, as forests do, it is reseeding pine and beginning a new cycle of growth, and I cherish that trees keep on keeping on. We know how important trees are for lots of different things, and we want to thank you for having forested land in the watershed, because the trees act as a natural filter and keep our waters clean and clear. Maine, and our watershed is under incredible pressure to develop, which would have major impacts on our water quality (not to mention our way of life!). We hope we can share some tools to keep your woods forested for many years to come. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions! 

Our September 2020 event was a lovely afternoon with a wonderful growing community of land owners and tree farmers. All sorts of partners joined in the fun, and everyone stayed socially distant and wore their masks. Thank you to all who made it such a wonderful day!

Here are some resources to get you started on your forest management journey! You may find them totally overwhelming, there is a lot out there. 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 | Maine AudubonForestry for Maine Birds program from Maine Audubon, and the My Maine Woods resources.

 

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, Western Foothills land trust,  or donate to the Sebago Clean Waters fund to help protect the upper Sebago Lake watershed.

 

Still not sure where to start? Shoot me an email and lets have a chat: alanna@mainelakes.org


 

Thank you for keeping the woods, woods! 

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