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Maine Tree Farm Email Newsletter, Summer 2015
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MAINE TREE FARM NEWSLETTER

Welcome, to the

2015 Summer Issue

of the

Maine Tree Farm E-newsletter


Brought to you by the Maine Tree Farm Committee.

2015 Annual SWOAM/Tree Farm Field Day

September 12, 2015 ~~ Baileyville, ME

2015 Field Day Program

8:30am - ongoing          Registration
8:50am                        Welcome (Main Tent)

Exhibitors’ tent, education stations, self-guided tours, equipment demos, music, children’s games, and refreshments all day. Music is provided by the Burhoe Band – Josh and Blaine Burhoe, who are both loggers, and they will be playing mostly old country with a bit of classic rock.
9:00 - 11:00am
Education Stations
  • Beekeeping 101, with Barry Coleman
  • Saving the Monarch Butterflies, with the Coleman Family grandchildren
  • Forest Inventory Plots, with Ronna Coleman, US Forest Service
  • Small Scale Family Christmas Tree Growing, with Dave Rochester, Maine Forest Service
  • How to Prune Apple Trees, with Pat Owen
  • Forest Tree Pruning and Crop Tree Management, with Paul Miller
  • Restoration of the American Chestnut, with the American Chestnut Foundation
  • Bugs in the Woods, with Entomologists from the Maine Forest Service
Guided Forest Walks, with foresters and Coleman family members:
  • Oak Regeneration
  • Forestry as Wayne Coleman does it
  • Best Management Practices/Trail Construction
11:45am Lunch – Bill Gibson - sausages, fries, doughboys, and more! **please bring cash, price range $2-$8
12:15pm Lunch speaker program, including remarks from:
  • Doug Denico, Director of the Maine Forest Service
  • Maine Tree Farm Program: Paul Larrivee, Chair
  • SWOAM: Richard Nass, President
  • Awards/raffle/door prizes
1:15pm Repeat of Guided Forest Walks
SWOAM/Tree Farm Field Day officially ends after the 1:15 scheduled walks.
*Program is subject to change, as SWOAM & Maine Tree Farm organizers are able to confirm and add more education stations, walks, and/or demos.

SWOAM Raffle Open until September 18!

The Maine Tree Farm Committee would like you to know: There’s still time to participate in the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM)’s popular annual raffle. Tickets are available to print from the SWOAM website.  Among the great prizes are a Stihl chainsaw; $100 L.L. Bean gift card; a slate clock; a Maine Atlas and Gazetteer; a Barnel folding saw; a Leatherman Super Tool with pocket knife, and more. You don’t have to be a SWOAM member to participate--although you might want to consider joining! Tree Farms and SWOAM go together like woodlots and wildlife.
 
Entering is easy. Just fill out any number of tickets with your name and phone number and return them to SWOAM. Please include $1 for single tickets or $5 for six. Fill out contact information and then send the tickets, with payment in the form of a check to SWOAM, PO Box 836, Augusta, ME  04332. Or, bring them to the Annual Tree Farm/SWOAM Field Day in Baileyville on September 12!
 
The raffle helps support SWOAM programs, and all items in the raffle have been generously donated, Tickets will be accepted by SWOAM until September 18 until noon. Winners will be contacted directly and announced in the October edition of SWOAM’s Maine Woodlands newsletter.
 
Good luck!

Other Upcoming Events

09.25-27.2015 - Common Ground Country Fair - Unity, ME                                                       http://www.mofga.org/theFair
                 ~ Volunteers needed for the Tree Farm booth at the Common Ground Country Fair, please contact us!!

10.04-11.2015 - Fryeburg Fair - Fryeburg, ME                                                                            http://www.fryeburgfair.org/
~ Volunteers needed for the Tree Farm booth at the Fryeburg Fair, please contact us!!

10.18.2015 - Great Maine Apple Day - Unity, ME http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=294
For other fun events, please check out the event calendars at swoam.org, hvnc.org, and http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/events.html

New ATFS Management Plan Addendum Available Now!


The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) announces the release of the ATFS Management Plan Addendum for the 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability.
 
The ATFS Management Plan Addendum is an easy-to-use tool that supports Certified Tree Farmers and Family Forest owners. It’s designed to help document the range of resources to consider as you care for your woodlands. As you work toward your goals objectives, the addendum form will also help you align with the recently updated 2015-2020 Tree Farm Standards of Sustainability. The Standards are the benchmark for all Certified Tree Farmers and Family Forest owners, verifying the good stewardship that is regularly practiced by participants in ATFS.
 
This Addendum form is designed as a complement to your current forest management plan. Your management plan outlines the goals you have for your land and a strategy for achieving those goals. The addendum can be retained for your personal records; during a Tree Farm Inspection or a third-party assessment, you can use it along with your management plan to demonstrate conformance to the Standards.
 
If you had occasion to use the previous Addendum, you will see some changes from the old form.  The new Addendum is a better, more user-friendly tool. With a series of check-boxes and sign-off lines, you can easily address the elements that pertain to your Tree Farm, while acknowledging the ones that don’t. These improvements are based on feedback received from State Tree Farm Committees, inspecting foresters and Tree Farmers, as well as insights gained in the third-party assessment process. If you would like a paper version of the Addendum mailed to you, please contact the Maine Tree Farm Coordinator.
 
Use of the ATFS Addendum is not a Tree Farm program requirement, nor is it needed for every Tree Farm. Think of it as a good and useful tool for updating your forest management plan to ensure it reflects your goals, objectives and the current state of your woods. It also helps the Maine Tree Farm Committee and your Inspecting Forester to demonstrate conformance with all the ATFS Standards within your state program.
National ATFS will be promoting the new ATFS Addendum through various communication channels (“Forests and Families” emails, webinars, Facebook, etc.) and we hope you will help us spread the word about this new tool for Tree Farmers.
 
Questions? Please feel free to contact your Inspecting Forester, the Maine Tree Farm Coordinator at coordinator@mainetreefarm.org, or National ATFS at operations@treefarmsystem.org .

Most Recent Outstanding Tree Farmers Of The Year, and All-Time Washington County Winners:

2015 Wayne and Peggy Coleman Baileyville
2014 Hidden Valley Farm and Hidden Valley Nature Center Alna, Whitefield, and Jefferson
2013 Abbott and Miriam Ladd Belgrade
2012 Ernest and Alberta Angevine Bethel
2011 Allen Higgins and Paula Hersom Brunswick
2010 Andrew Abello and Amanda Russell Edgecomb
     
2000 Bell Family—Tide Mill Farms Edmunds
1998, 1974 Jim and Sandra Pottle Perry
1965 Donald E. Fitzpatrick Danforth

Have a story about your Tree Farm that you would like to share?


If so, let us know!  We are looking for content and photographs for future newsletters from Tree Farmers in the state.

Email us today to submit a story: info@mainetreefarm.org

FAQs


Have questions about the management of your woodlot?  Send your question(s) our way and you may see them answered in the next edition.

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