2019 Maine Woodland Owners Day at the Common Ground Country Fair Speakers' Tent, Friday, Sept. 20

Maine Woodland Owners will once again have a major presence at the Common Ground Fair in Unity from Sept. 20-22. We’ll also host an all-day program in the Low-Impact Forestry Speakers Tent on Friday, Sept. 20.

Here are the highlights:

• 10 a.m. – Tree Identification and the Maine Woods, with Merle Ring, retired MFS district forester. In addition to discussion on how to identify Maine trees, an overview of Maine’s vast forest resources will be included. Weather permitting, there will be a tree identification walk.

• 11 a.m. – Managing Your Woodlot in the Face of an Emerald Ash Borer Outbreak, Maine Forest Service. The arrival of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Maine last year presents a significant threat to the more than 465 million ash trees in Maine. The infestations were found in both York and Aroostook counties, and quarantines are now in place. Find out how to identify signs of EAB and learn about the best management strategies based
on the location of your woodlot.

• 1 p.m.
– Invasive Plants in Your Woods, with Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist,
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Shrubby honeysuckle, buckthorn,
Japanese barberry and others are invading Maine farms, woods, and wetlands. Learn how to identify and control invasive plants and review the new Invasive Plant Field Guide.

• 2 p.m. – The Ten Biggest Mistakes Woodland Owners Make, with Tom Doak, executive
director, Maine Woodland Owners. Based on years of answering questions and helping landowners, this interactive presentation highlights the most common problems  and owners face and how to avoid them.

• 3 p.m. – Fungi of Your Forest, with Michaeline Mulvey, Maine Mycological Association.
How do mushrooms benefit woodlot ecology? How can you use the forest to produce fungi?
When can you find mushrooms, and where are fungi most likely to be found? How do you identify them? Bring your mushrooms for identification and further discussion.