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Forestry for Maine Birds

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August 7
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Grand Lake Stream School Building
15 Water Street, Grand Lake Stream

This event is free, but you must register to attend!

Forestry for Maine Birds workshop has been approved for 3.5 Category 1 continuing education units by the Society of American Foresters.

Maine Audubon and the Forest Stewards Guild are joining the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to host a Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) workshop at the Downeast Lakes Community Forest in Grand Lake Stream on

Friday, August 7, 2020, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

This workshop will highlight the forest management goals and recent forestry activities of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, and introduce participants to the FFMB goals of managing woodlands “with birds and other wildlife in mind.”

Our workshop will begin at the Grand Lake Stream school building.  From there we will caravan to the Community Forest and make multiple stops at different sites, including an early successional stand, crop tree release site, riparian habitat, and older forest stand.

The entire workshop will be outdoors, rain or shine, so please dress for the weather, wear layers, bring extra warm clothes and a rain coat, and wear shoes or boots for traversing damp ground. Bring your own water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellent as well. Lunch is available from the Pine Tree Store, and you can order ahead of time if you like.

To protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to wear a face covering and remain at least 6′ apart from anyone outside your household throughout the workshop. If you are feeling at all unwell, please stay home.

This workshop is designed to help foresters, landowners, and loggers learn more about community forestry, with a special emphasis on managing your woodland to benefit fish and wildlife in addition to other community and personal goals, specifically “with birds in mind.”

 

Agenda: Here is a rough agenda for the day:

9:15-9:30         Welcome and Registration.

9:30-10:00       Overview and Introduction: Forestry for Maine Birds.

10:00-10:30     Introduce “handy” habitat assessment tool.

10:30-12:30     Visit several different forest stands/sites. Break into

groups, practice habitat assessments, discuss silvicultural options, and share findings.

12:30-1:00       Brown bag lunch in the forest.

1:00-2:15         Visit several more forest stands/sites, conduct quick

habitat assessments, and discuss different management options.

2:15-2:30         Closing circle and evaluations.

2:30                  Adjourn

For those interested in staying for dinner, Leen’s Lodge will serve dinner for us. The menu that night is a choice of lobster or steak, and they will be following all COVID guidelines for dining together safely.  It is BYOB, and the price is $35/ea or it is included in the price of lodging for anyone staying there ($220 per night includes all meals).

For anyone interested in staying overnight, we recommend you visit the DLLT website for a full list of lodging in the area, including some less expensive options.

The workshop is free, but you must register with the Downeast Lakes Land Trust by calling 796-2100 or emailing info@downeastlakes.org.  We need at least 10 participants to run the program, and will cap enrollment at 22.

When you register, please indicate if you are or are not staying for dinner at Leen’s Lodge as well.

Hope to see you there!

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