Save the Date! 
Annual Maine Woodland Owners/Maine Tree Farm Forestry Field Day
September 9, 2017 -- Wells {Demonstration} Forest
Milford and Greenfield

    The 63rd Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Tree Farm Forestry Field Day is shaping up to be a fun and action filled day! 

     The 2017 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers are Pam and Bryan Wells, owners of the Wells Demonstration Forest, which encompasses over 1,000 acres in Milford and Greenfield. The Wells were also among eight finalists nationwide for the American Tree Farm System’s National Outstanding Tree Farmer award. They have worked diligently to bring their woods back from a heavily cut, high-graded condition, and the results so far are remarkable.

     The event will be based at the Maine Youth Fish and Game Camp, in Milford on the Stud Mill Road (transportation available, see details below). From there, shuttle transportation will bring folks to Pam and Bryan Wells’ Tree Farm, three miles north of the Camp on the Stud Mill Road. 

     Activities at the Camp will include displays and information about wildlife, invasive species (both plant and insect), the University of Maine Forest, and a variety of woods and forestry related vendors. The UMaine Woodsmen Team will be there to show off their axe-throwing and speed-chopping skills. “Operation Game Thief,” in cooperation with the Maine Warden Service, will show the “Wall of Shame,” a mobile display of the bad effects of poaching on Maine’s fish and wildlife.

     The tours of the Wells’ Tree Farm will offer walking and riding options. Walking tours of moderate length will reveal a gorge on the beautiful Sunkhaze Stream, the remains of the 1800’s era LeBallister shingle mill. In addition, visitors can view a live demo of and trail construction and surfacing work done with a mechanized mulching head mounted on a ASV track skid steer works (preformed by Madden Sustainable Forestry PLC’s 2017 Logger of the year).

     For the riding tours, folks will board a 12-person passenger van and will ride in between stops to see live demonstrations of cut-to-length in-woods processing and forwarding, as well as the results of silvicultural practices such as crop tree release, pre-commercial thinning, and low-density pine thinning.

     Parking and bus transportation to the Maine Youth Fish and Game Camp will be available from Madden Timberlands located off Route 2 in Milford/Costigan – address is 506 Main R. Milford (blue shop with Fernald Maaden and sons on the side).

     Coffee and snacks will be available at the Camp, and lunch will be available for a nominal fee – cash only.

  Additional information can be found by clicking here.

Pictures, below, are from the 62nd Maine Woodland Owners/Tree Farm Forestry Field Day - September 2016.


 

The accessible tree house is a magnet for campers and visitors.

A group gathers on the deck of the tree house.

On a motorized guided forest tour, demonstrations cover in-depth aspects of forest management.

Tom Martin, president of the American Forestry Foundation, talks about the future of the Tree Farm movement

MFS Outreach Forester Andy Shultz describes forestry strategies on a lakeshore stand of hemlock and hardwood.

The scenic Pine Tree Camp cafeteria is the setting for lunch and a speaker program. Maine Tree Farm Chair, Paul Larrivee, introduces the speakers.

The Sandy River Ramblers entertain.

A teepee hosts programs for campers along the lakeshore.