Category Archives: Forestry

Do you think moose hunters want to shoot calves?

Perhaps the most important goal in DIFW’s new moose management plan is this one: maintain a healthy sustainable moose population while providing hunting and viewing opportunities. Don’t we wish this was easy. The plan notes that as Maine moves into a new horizon moose management impacts of winter ticks, a warming climate, changing forest practices […]

Time to stop arguing about climate change and do something about it

It’s time to stop arguing about whether or not climate change is happening and do something about it. Today I’m going to share some of the things that have already happened because our climate is changing. Lyme disease is a huge new problem here in Maine. We never had deer ticks when I was a […]

Everything you need to know to enjoy wild mushrooms

Linda and I love wild mushrooms, focusing on chanterelles and black trumpets. Years ago we attended a seminar on wild mushrooms by a friend in Mt Vernon who harvests them commercially. And several times, after picking our first batches of chanterelles and black trumpets, we took them to her to verify that we’d picked the […]

Land trusts get high marks from legislature

The Maine Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee has released its report on conservation lands owned by nonprofit organizations, which it was authorized to undertake by a provision in the General Fund Biennial Budget for 2018 and 2019. The report gives high marks to our land trust community and includes some interesting recommendations. I was […]

Stunning doesn’t begin to describe these photos of Maine’s High Peaks

John and Cynthia Orcutt have blessed us with amazing photos in their book, Enduring Heights – The High Peaks of Maine. As Senator Angus King writes in the forward, “The vistas are so wide, the colors so subtle, the forests so deep, that the urge to see for yourself will be pretty hard to resist.” […]

Birds Need Lots Of Different Forest Habitats

In the recent edition of the Maine Woodland Owners’ newsletter, Bob Duchesne published a very informative column about the different forest habitats needed by our birds. Bob is our state’s best birding guide and has published Maine birding guides. He’s also a longtime legislator – for sure, one of our best. I got permission from […]

Maine’s Forest Products Industry Is Not Dead

Secondary-Wood-Manufacturing-in-Maine Maine’s forest products industry is not dead, and you don’t have to take my word for it. An excellent report on our state’s secondary wood manufacturing economy is now available. The subtitle of the report says it all: $1.8 billion industry is ‘almost invisible.’ The first article, by Roberta Scruggs, Communications Director for the […]