January 19, 2018
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White Pine Management Workshop at the Demonstration Forest

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Eastern white pine is one of the most important tree species for the State of Maine.

Eastern white pine is one of Maine’s most important tree species. White pine can provide lifelong benefits; from excellent financial returns to aesthetic beauty, wildlife habit and recreational opportunities. Saturday, May 31st there will be a workshop on white pine management techniques from 9 am until noon. This workshop, hosted by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD), in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Maine Forest Service (MFS), will be held at the PCSWCD’s Williamsburg Demonstration Forest.

Foresters/forestland managers, loggers, landscapers, arborists, landowners, including woodlot and camp owners, and anyone who would like to learn about the NRCS programs available to help implement forestry conservation practices may be interested in attending this free technical training.

Recertification credits are available for this workshop through the Society of American Foresters, the Maine Certified Logging Professionals, and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control. Continuous Improvement Documentation is available through the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program.

Kevin Doran, MFS Natural Science Educator will facilitate the workshop and discuss landowner objectives and management plans. Doran has been a Natural Science Educator with the MFS since 1999.

Merle Ring, MFS Oxford County District Forester and Eastern white pine specialist, will lead the presentation. Ring will cover the full spectrum of white pine management including planting, regeneration, thinning, pruning, marketing, insect and disease management. Ring was a Project Forester for the MFS Utilization and Marketing Division for 8 years. He has been the Oxford County District Forester for the past 30 years.

Gordon Moore, MFS Piscataquis County District Forester and Chairman of the PCSWCD, will lead participants to three stands of white pine at the Demonstration Forest that are all being managed in different ways by the PCSWCD in partnership with the MFS. Moore has been instrumental to the management of the white pine at the Demonstration Forest for almost two decades. Moore has served as a MFS District Forester since 1998. He also serves as the Chairman and Inspector of the Piscataquis County Chapter of the Maine Tree Farm System, serves on the Board of Directors of the Certified Logging Professionals program, is a member of the Forest Stewards Guild, and a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists.

This workshop is the third in a series of four free workshops that have been hosted by the PCSWCD and USDA/NRCS under a cooperative agreement. The fourth workshop, Bee Sustainable Pollinator, will be held June 21st.

Pre-registration is required for this free training. For more information, to pre-register, or if you need special accommodations, please contact Joanna Tarrazi, PCSWCD’s Executive Director or Lynn Lubas, PCSWCD’s Technical Coordinator by calling 564-2321, extension 3, emailing info@piscataquisswcd.org or stopping into the USDA Service Center, located at 42 Engdahl Drive, in the Pine Crest Business Park in Dover-Foxcroft.

This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture, under number 68-1218-13-24.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Maine Forest Service are equal opportunity providers and employers.