2018 Maine Woodland Owners Day at the Common Ground Country Fair Speakers' Tent, Friday, Sept. 21

   
   
This year at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine Woodland Owners will feature a day-long series of presentations at the Low-Impact Forestry speakers' tent on Friday, Sept. 21. We  selected and organized this speakers series with the interests and concerns of Maine's woodland owners in mind.

   Topics covered will include managing  your woodlot for wildlife, tree identification,  invasive plant identification and control methods, ways to avoid common mistakes landowners make, and a thorough discussion of mushrooms you may find on your woodlot. See below for the schedule.

 



10 am
IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT OF MAINE’S WILDLIFE SPECIES OF GREATEST CONSERVATION NEED

Amanda Shearin, Ph.D. Habitat Outreach Coordinator, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

As part of Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan, the Department identified the wildlife species in Maine, ranging from insects to aquatic mammals of greatest conservation need.   This session will focus on the terrestrial wildlife species of greatest concern and what woodland owners can do to help with their conservation. 

   

11 am
TREE IDENTIFICATION AND THE MAINE WOODS
Merle Ring, retired Maine Forest Service District Forester 

In addition to discussing how to identify Maine trees, Merle will provide an overview of Maine’s vast forest resource.  A tree identification walk may be included.

 

1pm
INVASIVE PLANTS IN YOUR WOODS
Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program 

Plants such as shrubby honeysuckle, common and glossy buckthorn, Japanese barberry, Asiatic bittersweet and others are invading Maine farms, woods, and wetlands.  Learn how to identify and control invasive plants, review the new Invasive Plant Field Guide, and hear updates on current status and trends of invasive plants in Maine. 

 

2 pm
THE TEN BIGGEST MISTAKES WOODLAND OWNERS MAKE
Tom Doak, Executive Director, Maine Woodland Owners  

Based on years of answering questions and helping landowners, this interactive presentation highlights the most common problems landowners face and how to avoid them.

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3PM (until 4:20)
FUNGI OF YOUR FOREST- THE HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, AND WHO OF FOREST FUNGI

Michaeline Mulvey, Maine Mycological Association

How do mushrooms benefit the ecology of your woodlot? How can you use the forest to produce fungi? What do you need to know about fungi to benefit from their presence in your woodlot? When can you find mushrooms? Where are fungi most likely to be found? How do you identify what you’ve found? Bring your mushrooms from home for identification and further discussion.