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					                                            MAINE FOREST SERVICE
March/ April                                PROJECT CANOPY
                                            INTRODUCTORY WOODLAND MANAGEMENT COURS ES OFFERED
   2010                                     Farmington-The Maine Forest Service, Upper Kennebec Valley SWOAM Chapter, and
                                            MSAD #9 Adult Education are hosting a s eries of classes on Tuesday nights from March
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                                            16 to April 27 at 6-8pm. Classes will int roduce woodland owners to silviculture, Tree
                                            Growth Tax Law, marketing forest products, and more. Locat ed at Mt. Blue Middle School
                                            on Middle St. in Farmington, the class is $20.00/pp; Pre-Register by calling 778-3460.
                                            Waldoboro - This course will help woodland owners and others understand forest
                                            conditions and other ownership considerations, so they can make informed decisions
                                            about their woodlands. This six week introduction will get you started managing, working
                                            with, and protecting y our land. The c ours e is jointly sponsored by Maine Forest Service
                                            and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM). The course will run
                                            from Marc h 9 to April 13, Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, at Medomak Valley High
                                            School in Waldoboro. The cost of this course is $30. For more information or to pre-

        Trees on                            register contact Susan Taylor, MSAD 40 Adult Education Director, at 832-5205.
                                            South Pari s - A 6 week course for woodland owners will be held at the Oxford Hills High
                                            School (SAD # 17) in So. Paris beginning on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 PM. Among topics

     Maine Street                           included will be Tree ID, deeds and boundaries, timber harvesting, wildlife management,
                                            forestry taxes, forestry regulations, and working with a consulting forester. There is a $20
                                            dollar charge for the course. All materials will be supplied. The workshop is sponsored by

         Bulletin                           the Maine Forest Service. For more information, contact Merle Ring, Maine Forest
                                            Service, 674-3787 or 441-3276. To sign up, contact or visit the Adult E ducation office at
                                            the high school - 743-8842, Ext. 1

                                            WHAT LURKS IN YOUR TREES?
                                            Maine Public Broadcasting has aired the film, “Lurking in the Trees”, a documentary about
                                            the devastating impact of the invasive Asian Long -horned B eetle on the city of Worcester,
                                            Massachusetts several times over the past month. If you missed it, or want to know
                                            more, you’re in luck. The Maine Forest Service and cooperat ors will be s howing the film
                                            at several venues throughout the spring. Thes e screenings will be followed by Q&A and
                                            discussion of invasive insect problems in Maine with one of our foresters and/or forest
                                            entomologists. The scheduled venues are as follows:
                                            March 17 : 6:30 Lisbon Falls, UMaine Cooperative Extension Office, Co -sponsor
                                            UMaine Cooperative Extension (pre-registration requested see
                                   for more information)
                                            April 15 : 6:30 Augusta, Pine Tree State Arboretum, Co-sponsors Pine Tree State
                                            Arboretum and SWOAM
                                            May 20 : 6:30 Belfast, Belfast Free Library, Co-sponsor Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition

                                            FOREST CARBON WORKS HOP FOR PROFESSIONAL FORESTERS
                                            The Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) is hosting a
                                            workshop for foresters, “Forest Carbon Management and Carbon Inventory -W hat A
  The wonder is that we can                 Forester Needs To Know”, on both May 5t h and 7th. The workshops will provide current
    see these trees and not                 guidelines and standards for forest carbon inventory methods and management options,
             wonder more.                   cruise set-up, forest carbon modeling process and results, cost share programs and
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson                   forest carbon markets. Made possible through a Project Canopy Grant, other partners
                                            include the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, SWOAM, and the Threshold to
                                            Maine Resource Conservation and Development Council. The workshop will be held
 M AI NE DEP AR T M ENT O F                 indoors at the B rownfield Community Center with an outdoor component in the OCSWCD
      C O N S E R VAT I O N                 woodlot in B rownfield. A registration form and agenda are available at the OCSWCD
 M AI NE F O R E S T S E R VI CE            website, or by calling 743-5789 extension 1. The cost is $25
         R . A LEC G IF FE N
      F O R ES T P O L IC Y A ND            The Maine Forest Service has secured $3.2 million dollars in federal economic recovery
   M A NA G E ME N T D IV I S IO N          funding to convert six schools from oil to wood energy. MFS will manage the grants that
We help you make informed decisions about
              Maine forests                 will provide five school systems and one University of Maine project around the state with
                                            wood energy. The projects will create new environmentally -friendly jobs, support Maine’s
                                            forest products industry, and reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Maine Forest Service
                                            Director Alec Giffen says “These six projects will annually avoid the burning of almost
                                            263,000 gallons of oil, re-circulate $600,000 in fuel dollars in the Maine economy, and
                                            avoid more than 5 million pounds of emissions from fossil fuels.”
                                                TREES ON MAINE STREET (CONT.)
                                                ANNUAL ECOS YSTEMS MARKETS CONFERENCE IN JUNE
                                                The American Forest Foundation and The World Resources Institute are hosting the Third
                                                Annual Ecosystems Markets Conference in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina June 23
                                                and 24 . The event will foc us on using markets to protect and restore ecosystems, and
                                                will address the critical elements for success, what progress has been made, what still
                                                needs to be done, and what are the remaining challenges. National and regional experts
                                                will discuss how these markets will affect family forests and other landowners.

                                                SMALL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTAL BILL WOULD AID URBAN TREES
                                                A new piece of legislation in the House would reauthorize the national small business tree
                                                planting program which encourages planting in communities. The Small Business
                                                Environmental Stewardship Assistance Act of 2010 would creat e a program from 2011 to
                                                2015 that would plant trees around retail storefronts, rental housing units and other public
                                                areas. A similar program existed in the 1990s, and according to the National Association
                                                of State Foresters more than 18,000 landscape firms and nonprofits plant ed more than 23
                                                million trees across the country while the program was in operation.

                                                URBAN GROWTH CAUSING MOST TROPICAL DEFORESTATION IN 21st CENTURY
                                                About 13 million hectares of forest are cut down or lost to fire around the world each year.
                                                For centuries, most of this was lost to farmers slashing and burning forests for
                                                sustenance agric ulture or small -scale loggers making a living. For the first five years in
                                                the 21 century, researchers have document ed via satellite imagery that majority of
                                                tropical forest loss is large block clearings for urban growth and industrial agriculture and
                                                forestry in the humid tropics. This finding counters the common perception that the rural
        Northern White Cedar                    population is causing tropical deforestation, and changes future outreach efforts.
         (Thuja occidentalis)
                                                UP & COMING
Northern White Cedar is a slow-growing
tree that reaches 25-40 feet tall. It prefers   USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area event calendar:
wet or rich soils, although it can grow in a
variety of habitats. Also known as Arbor        March
Vitae, or the tree of life, because of its                                                            st
medicinal properties, it was amongst the        Hemlock Woolly Adelgid High Risk Season begins March 1 .
                                                5         National Arbor Day Foundation Arbor Day Poster Contest submissions due
first North American trees introduced to
                                                6         73rd Maine Arbor ist Association Annual General Meeting, How ard Johnson Plaza, Portland
Europe for cultivation in the 1600’s. Over
                                                9         Winter Tree Identification w orkshop w ith Morten Moessw ilde, 12 -2 pm, Merry Spring Nature
120 named cultivars of white cedar exist,                 Center, Camden
and it is commonly used as a screen, hedge,     11-14     Portland Flow er Show , Portland Co. Complex, 58 For e St, Portland
or specimen tree. Transplanting is              13        Chez Lonndorf Maple sugarhouse tour, 9 am-12 pm, Skow hegan. Email or call (592-2238) Patty
moderately easy if plants are rootpruned                  Cor mier for details.
and either balled and burlapped or potted.      18        Western Chapter SWOA M meeting – the 10 Biggest Mistakes Woodland Ow ners Make, w ith
The foliage turns brownish in winter,                     Tom Doak. Contact Merle Ring at 674-3787 or mer le.r for details.
especially on cultivars with colored foliage    22        Maine Maple Sunday
and on exposed sites open to the wind.          25        Houlton Winter Agricultural School Forestry Night: All About Maple – introduction to maple
                                                          sugaring and pests that thr eaten maples. 6-9 PM, Houlton High School Library. Contact Angie
                                                          Wotton at 532-9407 ext. 3 for details.
        P R O JE CT C ANO P Y                   27        Beer and w ine- making from your w oodlot, 9am- 12pm, Kennebec Home Brew , Far mington
    assists communities and nonprofit,
 grassroots organizations in building self-     May
 sustaining urban and community forestry        5, 7      Forest Carbon Management and Carbon Inventory Wor kshops, Brow nfield Community Center
    programs with strong local support.         15        Annual Migratory Bird Day Festival, Pine Tree State Arboretum
                                                17-21     Maine Arbor Week
Editors: Jan Ames S anterre                     17        Maine Arbor Week ceremony
M aine Forest Service                           20        Tree planting seminar, Pine Tree State Arboretum
Phone in-state: 800-367-0223
Out-of-state: (207) 287-4987                    June
Fax: (207) 287-8422                             23-24     Ec osystem Mar ket Conference, Cary NC
                                                Contact us by the 15th of each month to include your community’s activity on the calendar.
Laura Minich Zitske
                                                This newsletter is made possible by a grant from the USDA Forest Service. The USDA prohibits discrimination
Pine Tree State Arboretum                       in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability,
Phone: (207) 623-2371                           political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. To file a complaint call (202) 720-5964.
Fax: (207) 287-8422
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