Upcoming Forestry Workshops at the Yankee Woodlot

Yankee Woodlot Workshop Series

The Yankee Woodlot is a state owned Demonstration Forest located in Skowhegan behind the UMaine Cooperative Extension – Somerset Office located at 7 County Drive. From November 2016 through May 2017 a series of forestry workshops will be conducted by the Maine Forest Service, Somerset County Soil & water Conservation District, and the UMaine Cooperative Extension – Somerset Office and sponsored by the local chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. These workshops are centered around a timber harvest occurring on the property and are designed to educate woodland owners (current and future) with their own management activities.

All workshops are free and there is no need to preregister.

Each workshop with a brief description are listed below. For more information please contact either Joe Dembeck (Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District) at email: joseph.dembeck@me.nacdnet.net / phone – 207-474-8324 or Patty Cormier (Maine Forest Service) at email: patty.cormier@maine.gov / phone – 207-592-2238

Workshop #1Tape, Paint and Signs (Pre-Harvest Marking) (November 20th from 9:00am – 12:00pm)

                This workshop will focus on the methods and reasons behind marking of boundary lines, roadways, landings, waterway boundaries, trees to harvest, sites to protect, etc. prior to any harvest activities. We always hear about the importance of planning and communication amongst all parties (landowner, forester, and logger) in any forest management activity and there are many reasons for that.

Workshop #2Harvest Planning (Think Before You Cut) (December 11th from 9:00am – 12:00pm)

This workshop will continue on the planning process with focus on: harvest goal selection, trail & landing planning, selection of logger/harvest equipment, invasive plants (mapping and treatment), resources to protect, and the continued crucial role of communication amongst all parties.

Workshop #3Harvest (The Change Begins) (January 29, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm)

                The trees are falling and wood is being trucked away. Tour the harvest area and learn about what types of wood products are at the landing and to what markets they are destined for.

Workshop #4After the Harvest  (early May 2017)

                Come see what the woodlands look like after the harvest is complete. Though the logging is over, now is the time to start implementing post-harvest management strategies! Discussions will focus on treatment of invasive plant species, regeneration expectations over the next 5, 10, 20+ years, BMPs for roads and landings, wildlife habitat changes, and record keeping.


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