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2018 Office Hours
8:30am - 4:30 pm (usually)

* We try hard to be in the office between 8:30am and 4:00pm on most weekdays, but please call ahead to be sure!

207-596-2040
893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856

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    Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tours
    in Knox & Lincoln Counties

     

            Third Thursday of the month!


    Knox-Lincoln SWCD is joining the Maine Forest Service (MFS) to co-sponsor a series of field tours to highlight woodland stewardship and conservation practices of private landowners. These free tours will be led by Midcoast District Forester Morten Moesswilde and are open to landowners, loggers, foresters and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands.

    Tours take place rain or shine (barring lightning and blizzards) so please dress for field conditions.

     
     The winter/early spring schedule is as follows:  

    Jan 18, 2-4pm: Winter Tree ID and Woodland Ecology at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West St (Rt 90), Rockport
    The first tour in the series, Winter Tree ID and Woodland Ecology, will be held at Erickson Fields  Preserve, 164 West St (Rt 90) in Rockport. In addition to being the home of sustainable agriculture programs for youth and families, Erickson Fields, a program of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, has built approximately 2.5 miles of year-round, public access walking trails that loop through a mixed stand of softwoods and hardwoods. The tour will begin in the parking lot at 2pm. 

    Feb 15, 2-4pm: Results of a Careful Timber Harvest at Pemaquid Watershed Association Bearce-Allen Preserve and Demonstration Forest in Bristol

    Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) holds 438 acres in conservation easements and over 491 acres in actual preserves. The Bearce-Allen parcel has been developed as both a preserve and demonstration forest with 21 stations along a 1.1 mile Interpretive Trail highlighting forest succession, tree identification, and how to look for signs of animals. A small, careful timber harvest was conducted in 2014-2015. We’ll review the harvesting process and results with the forester and logger, and discuss how it fits within a conservation objective.

    Meet at Bearce-Allen Preserve, Bristol: From Damariscotta, take the Bristol Road (ME Rt 130) 7.1 miles and turn left on to Sproul Hill Road. Travel 0.2 miles and turn right on Austin Road. Preserve and trailhead are on the left, with small pullout for parking on the right.

    Mar 15, 3-5pm (note time change): Tree Selection for the Future Forest at the Koubek property in Bremen

    Dick Koubek has been harvesting firewood and other products on his woodlot for many years. Much of the work he’s done himself, in accordance with his management plan. We’ll talk about his careful and thoughtful approach to tree selection in consideration of the future forest. (We might be able to look at his son’s property next door which was recently harvested.)

    Meet at the property: Nobleboro Road, 1.7 miles northwest from Route 32. There is a small entrance and former logyard with limited parking and sight distance. Please be careful! 

    Apr 19, 3-5pm: NRCS Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project at Medomak Valley Land Trust Burkett Mill Preserve in Waldoboro

    Burkett Mill is located in a conservation focus area that Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) refers to as Three Brooks Forest, a nearly 6,000 acre habitat block in Waldoboro between Old Route One and Finntown Road. Much of the property was heavily logged prior to acquisition by MVLT but a section on the northern end of the preserve had not been harvested in many years. In 2013, MVLT hired a horse-logger to conduct a Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project with funding from NRCS, with prescriptions for mast tree release, brush piles, and installation of birdhouses (both small birds and raptors).

    Directions
    From Waldoboro Village:
    Head north on Main Street, and veer right onto Old Route One. In 2.6 miles, turn right onto Goshen Road. Stay on Goshen Rd. for 1.8 miles, then stay straight onto the unpaved Burkett Mill Rd. where Goshen curves sharply left. Parking for the preserve is located on the left .3 miles down the road.

    From Route 90: Head south of Route One, then turn left on Old Route One, just after RZR Hardware. In approximately ½ mile, continue straight onto Goshen Road. Stay on Goshen Rd. for 1.8 miles, then stay straight onto the unpaved Burkett Mill Rd. where Goshen curves sharply left. Parking for the preserve is located on the left .3 miles down the road.

     

    For more information or to attend:

    Participants are asked to let the District know if they plan to attend so they can be contacted in the event of stormy weather.