ROCKLAND, Maine — Join the Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) for a tour of their demonstration timber harvest at their 124-acre Appleton Preserve in Appleton. The tour, led by Mark Vannah, a licensed forester with Robbins Lumber Company, will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24. This event is a second opportunity for the public to get an up-close look at the recently completed timber harvest; the first tour on March 3 was cancelled due to inclement weather. The tour is free and open to the public, and attendees are requested to wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions and suitable for walking in the forest. The Appleton Preserve is located on Route 105 (Camden Road) in Appleton, ¼-mile from the intersection of Route 131. Parking is available at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife lot on Route 105, adjacent to the St. George River.
The timber harvest at the Appleton Preserve is GRLT’s first foray into forest management. Partnering with them on this project is Robbins Lumber Company, a 5th generation family-owned business in Searsmont committed to the principles of sustainable forestry and recent winners of the 2011 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award.
One of the primary objectives of this timber harvest is to demonstrate responsible forest management techniques while improving a state-designated deer wintering area. Hemlock, spruce, and fir trees are all being encouraged for future growth because of their importance in providing winter shelter for deer. The Land Trust will create a self-guided tour with interpretive signs placed throughout the project area to ensure that an educational legacy remains after the harvest is complete.
Organized in 1987, the Georges River Land Trust works to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences. The watershed extends from Montville in the north to Port Clyde and Cushing in the south and includes streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands, farms, hills, mountains, blueberry barrens and forest, as well as a rich tidal estuary of salt marsh, clamflats and productive fishing grounds. For more information, visit www.grlt.org or call 594-5166.
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