Festivities at Black Acres Mark 64th Field Day

     Here’s a date you won’t want to miss: The annual Forestry Field Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 8. It will honor Russell Black, the Maine 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The Field Day will be held at 123 Black Road in Wilton, and represents a combined effort of Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Tree Farm  for this, the 64th observance.

      Russell and his family manage the Black Family Forest, comprising more than 400 acres of pasture and forestland. Black started working on the family farm when he was 10 years old and took over the forest management in his early 20s. He and his family do most of the forest management on the property themselves, so they are fully engaged with all aspects of the health and productivity of their forest.

     A long-time Maine Woodland Owners member himself, Russell Black also pays close attention to Best Management Practices (BMPs) for maintenance and improvement of water quality. Wildlife habitat is also an important element of the forest management plan. Wildlife practices include mast tree release, constructing brush piles, bird/duck boxes and pollinator habitat improvement.

     The Black Family Farm also boasts a number of related activities, including a very active sugar bush, producing more than 200 gallons of maple syrup per year, raising Black Angus beef to sell locally, as well as beekeeping and honey production.

   

 

 

The full program follows:

8:30 a.m.Welcome Tent Open

8:50 a.m. – Opening Remarks
(Exhibitors’ tent, education stations, guided tours and refreshments all day.)

9 a.m. – Education Stations / Information Booths and Displays:
Flume Table – Fun, interactive demonstration of erosion control – Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Spruce Budworm and Invasive Insect Awareness – MFS Division of Forest Health and Monitoring.
Invasive Plant Awareness and Control – Maine Natural Areas Program, with field walk.
Operation Game Thief – in cooperation with the Maine Warden Service, will show the “Wall of
Shame,” a mobile display showing poaching of Maine’s fish and wildlife.
Ticks and What to Do about Them – Maine Center for Disease Control
USDA Forestry Assistance Programs – Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farmington
office
Woodsmen’s team activities – Foster Technical Center, Farmington
Shorthair Pointers dog training demonstrations – North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, and
Northern Exposure Kennels.
Chainsaw carving demonstration – Dan Burns of Burns Bears
Other table displays – SAPPI North America, American Forest Management, American Forest
Foundation, Maine Chestnut Foundation, and J.D. Irving.
Vendor displays – Kramer’s Tractors; CDL maple sugaring equipment; OESCO; Northeast Stihl;
and others.

Guided Tours of the Tree Farm :
Forest Walking Tour – Wood Miser portable sawmill; Trees Ltd. active tree felling, stump and
brush mulching; Kennebec Lumber log-bucking; CDL sugarbush operation.
Guided Wagon Tour – University of Maine drone demonstration; new bridge installation over Pease
Pond inlet stream.

11:45 a.m
. – Lunch provided by Grant Lee’s, of Farmington (cash only)Music by the Franklin
County Fiddlers. (Door prizes throughout.)

12:15 p.m. Lunch Speaker Program, including remarks from:
Kyle Burdick, chair, Maine Tree Farm Committee
Jessica Leahy, President, Maine Woodland Owners
Senator Angus King (invited)
Congressman Bruce Poliquin (invited)
Doug Denico, Director, Maine Forest Service (invited)
Senator Tom Saviello, Legislative sentiment,(invited)
Tom Martin, President and CEO, American Forest Foundation (invited)

1 to 3 p.m.Continued activities as outlined above.

Directions:
(Coming from north/east) – From Farmington – Take US-2W to Munson Rd in Wilton. Turn left on
Munson Rd. Drive to Black Rd. Follow signs to Field Day.

(Coming from south) From Auburn – Take ME-4 N to US-2. Take US-2 E to Munson Rd. in Wilton.
Turn right on Munson Rd. Drive to Black Rd.  Follow signs to Field Day.

(Coming from west) – From Bethel – Take US-2 E to Munson Rd in Wilton. Turn right on Munson Rd.
Drive to Black Rd. Follow signs to Field Day.

 

Pictures, below, are from the 63rd Maine Woodland Owners/Tree Farm Forestry Field Day - September 2017.

 

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