AUGUSTA — Learn about the wild plants that grow in Maine from renowned author and forager Tom Seymour. Find out how to protect yourself from ticks. Or watch a film about Ray Shevenell’s journey, retracing his great-great grandfather’s footsteps from Quebec to Biddeford in 1845. Listen to Maine’s Tree Farmer of the Year, or learn about the pros and cons of timber harvesting methods.
The Maine Woodland Owners annual meeting and forestry forum, a free daylong event open to the general public, covers a vast number of topics for woodland enthusiasts. It will be held 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Augusta Civic Center, in the Augusta Room on the second floor, north wing, during the State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show.
Here’s the complete agenda:
8:00-8:30 a.m. — Coffee, Informal Discussion with Board/Staff.
8:30-9:15 a.m. — Annual Meeting. Update of activities, plans for 2019, awards, legislative update, and election of board members and officers. Door prizes. Adjourn at 9:15 a.m.
9:15-9:30 a.m. — ForMaine, report on collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and non-profits to grow Maine’s forest products sector 40 percent by 2025. Tom Doak, executive director, and Sarah Curran, project manager, MDF.
9:30-10:15 a.m. — How Not to Have a Tick Encounter. Five easy habits to lower exposure to tick-borne disease. Paula Jackson Jones, Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education.
10:15-11 a.m. — Managing Your Woodland in the Face of Emerald Ash Borer. Dr. Nate Siegert, Forest Entomologist, USFS.
11:00-11:45 a.m. — Maine author, Storyteller, Dowser and Forager Tom Seymour will discuss his new book “Wild Plants of Maine” and other musings. Copies available to purchase.
11:45 a.m. — Lunch available for $7. Door prizes.
1-1:15 p.m. — Tree Farm Awards, including Maine’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmer.
1:15-2:30 p.m. — “The Home Road.” In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles through forest and towns to Biddeford, to find work in an American boomtown being transformed by the Industrial Revolution. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson retraced the journey, captured in this film.
2:30:-3:15 p.m. — Demystifying a Timber Harvest: Different Ways to Sell Wood from Your Land. John Bryant, regional manager, American Forest Management. Door prizes and adjourn.