Participants began by taking a loop walk around the old farm grounds. Forester Kyle Burdick, Brian Bell from Balanced Forestry and property owner Ed McGrath highlighted primary aspects of forest management, from growing, harvesting, and regenerating trees to protecting soil, water quality, and wildlife. Brian displayed tree rings that illustrated growth patterns under various thinning regimes, and explained how sustainable harvesting can improve over all forest health. Featured in the tour was a PONSSE BuffaloDual Harvester and Forwarder. Brian demonstrated its application to the project highlighting its low impact on the root systems and soil structure.
“I was really impressed by how far out Brian could reach into the forest and how dexterous the PONSSE was” said one attendee.
“It was pleasing how many people came and were enthusiastic about sustainable forestry. It is refreshing to be among so many people who share this passion. said DLLT intern Debra Gorman.
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust regularly hosts speakers, sponsors workshops, and leads outdoor adventures that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Maine woods and waters. These programs support the DLLT’s commitment to protecting both the environmental and economic health of the Downeast Lakes region. Visit our website to discover what is happening next.