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Rockport, ME 04856


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    Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tours
    in Knox & Lincoln Counties


            Third Thursday of the month!

    Horse logging at MVLT's Burkett Mill Preserve

    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 weather and 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).

    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.

    May 17, 3-5pm: Invasive Plant ID & Management at Deer Foot Farm, 1221 Union Rd in Appleton

    Gary, Sue Ellen & daughter Carrie Roberts own and operate Deer Foot Farm Cafe overlooking Sennebec Lake and the coastal mountains to the east. The farm, on both sides of Rt 131, is the last piece still in Sue Ellen's family, which at one time had large holdings in the area.

    Under a Forest Management Plan developed by forester Mark Brown and funded through a cost-share grant from NRCS, Gary has been removing invasive plants - mostly shrubby honeysuckle - and creating gaps to allow for mast release. After a brief history of the farm by Sue Ellen, Knox-Lincoln SWCD program manager Hildy Ellis and MFS District Forester Moreten Moesswilde will use specimens to highlight key ID features of a variety of invasive shrubs. This will be followed by a tour of areas where honeysuckle has been removed - and where it hasn't - as well as discussion of  future management and harvest plans.

    Meet at the farm cafe parking lot on the west side of Rt 131 (Union Rd) in Appleton at 3pm.

    Jun 21, 3-5pm: Sustainable Forestry and Stand Improvement at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd, Jefferson.

    Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, which comprises more than 1000 acres, practices sustainable forestry and has developed an interpreted Sustainable Forestry Demo Area comparing three harvesting methods: horse logging, cut to length, and mid-scale equipment harvesting. The tour will focus on sustainable management techniques that enhance wildlife habitat and access, as well as stand improvement practices, including pruning and thinning. 

    The tour will begin at the HVNC parking lot and entrance gate at 3pm.

    Aug 16, 3-5pm: Identifying Woodland Shrubs at GRLT Appleton Preserve, Rt 105 & George River, Appleton.

    At this time of year some shrubs are still flowering, but most are in fruit, which is an important source of food for wildlife – and a great boon to identification! MFS District Forester Morten Moesswilde and KLSWCD Program Manager Hildy Ellis will lead the ID tour along the trail system of GRLT's 124-acre Appleton Preserve, which offers up-close vies of the St George River. They will be joined by Georges River Land Trust Stewardship Project Manager Brent West, who will relate the history of the preserve and plans for interpretive signs highlighting the importance of forest habitat.

    Please meet at the preserve parking lot on Rt 105 and the St George River, just east of the intesection of Rts 105/131 in Appleton at 3pm.

    Sep 20, 3-5pm: Mushroom ID & Ecology at Pemaquid Pond Preserve on Turner Rd, Bremen.

    Kirk Gentalen, Maine Coast Heritage Trust land steward and naturalist, will lead a guided hunt for native woodland mushrooms at Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Pemaquid Pond Preserve Trail. He will highlight the natural history of mushrooms and their role in the woodland ecosystem and also be on the lookout for other natural history observations. Kirk thinks we could see signs of otter at the shoreline!

    Please meet at the preserve parking lot on Turner Rd in Bremen at 3pm.

    Oct 18, 2-4pm: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at 142 Dover Rd, Boothbay

    The focus of this month’s tour is the impact and management of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive forest pest that attacks and ultimately kills eastern hemlock trees. The tour will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 2-4pm at the woodlot of John Welsh on the Dover Rd in Boothbay. Moesswilde and Ellis will be joined by Welsh, his forester Dave Schaible, and MFS forest entomologist Colleen Teerling, who works on research and management of HWA and other invasive forest pests in Maine.

    Please meet at 142 Dover Rd in Boothbay at 2pm to park and walk across to the woodlot.

    Directions: Turn right off Rt 27 at the “Cottage Connection” onto Adams Pond Road. Take the next right onto Dover Rd for 1.8 miles. Driveway is on right.

    For more information, to register or to receive an email about future tours:

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