Women and Our Woods - Wednesday Workshop in Wells, ME 

On Wednesday, March 25, the Forest Guild led a workshop for women woodland owners in York County, Maine. The workshop was hosted by the Wells National Estuarine Reserve. Presenters included Amanda Mahaffey, northeast region director for the Forest Guild; Patty Cormier, a district forester for the Maine Forest Service, and Nancy Olmstead, invasive plant biologist for the Maine Natural Areas Program.

Reducing the Fire Risk to your Wooded Property Home 

Reducing the Fire Risk to your Wooded Property Home

Fire plays a very important ecological role in forested ecosystems. Fires help maintain the forest by naturally thinning and pruning trees, and by reducing the buildup of surface fuels.  Forest health is also benefited because fire helps to recycle nutrients, regenerate plants, and stimulate biological diversity among plant species and habitats.

Smartwoods. Joanna ES Campbell; guest writer 

If I can see a tree outside my bedroom window, blood flow to my brain will be different than if I were looking at a view without vegetation.   Right now, I have a rectangular perspective of deciduous trees and evergreens making their home next to sidewalks and steep neighborhood staircases.  The Italian restaurant across the street is shaded by bare-branched trees adorned in twinkle lights.  

I have lived in Seattle, Washington, for four years, the most urban place I have ever called home.  Wildness and development exist as two tangled lovers, bound by each other’s bodies.  I came from Arkansas, and there was a forest in my backyard.  I went to the woods as often as I could. 

Useful Advice: Ask Questions! 

Guest post from Wilma B of Indiana: Ask your state forester questions.  My forester answered my questions and encouraged me to attend local woodland committee meetings where I heard much helpful information. At field days and workshops, I was able to see and hear what others were doing and who they hired to do it if they couldn't do it themselves.

Read the forester re-inspection reports and discuss with consulting foresters the next steps. Pre- and Post- harvest conferences with state and consulting forester are also very helpful to hear their ideas. I'm also thankful I could take a woodland owner short course to get more in depth information about forestry.    

Do Your Homework 

Guest post by Anna D of Indiana

I had an “AHA Moment” when a lumber mill owner and his  forester personally approached me in my woods and offered me compensation for timber at that moment. They were knowledgeable about my woods and were prepared to make me an offer. They had already “visited” my woods (trespassed) to check out the timber. I was completely surprised and went on the defensive because I realized how clueless I was about the value of the timber on the land, the overall market for timber, and the attributes of the land and timber that could affect a sale. I was at a complete disadvantage because I was not prepared with information.