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Foraging on Private Land Without Permission Illegal
Folks who have been picking fiddleheads or mushrooms lately need to know that they are required by law to get the landowner’s permission. I’m sure this is a surprise to many of them.

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Music in the Trees: Swiss Resonance Wood
In the Jura Mountains of Switzerland is a farm woodlot managed for individual spruce trees of the highest quality.  It is a fascinating example of very intensive irregular aged management following a silviculture system ...
Managing quality spruce has applicability for Maine woodlot owners given the reduction in spruce pulpwood markets.
There are also American musical instrument makers buying some fine spruce logs from the Northeast for resonance wood. 



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Questions at a Pre-Harvest Tour
 A pre-harvest tour of China’s Thurston Park last weekend inspired questions by attending woodland owners and town residents.   Here are four questions about the harvest posed during the tour.

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Four Course Forestry Event Served Up at Pine Tree Camp
The drumming of a grouse in the distance.  A trailside tree peppered with rings of yellow bellied sapsucker pecking holes.  The cry, like a squeaky wheel, of a black and white warbler as it flitted by.  The forest at Pine Tree Camp in Rome was filled with bird trills last Saturday during the Women and Our Woods Outdoor Workshop.

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Pileated Woodpeckers Vocal Woodlot Companions

 It would be quiet if it weren’t for the ...   almost non-stop “wuk wuk wuk” from three pileated woodpeckers. Their volume matches their large bodies. “ We have a resident pair as well as a third bird that’s spending the winter.  Pileated woodpeckers have a 150- to 200-acre territory, so owners of smaller woodlots won’t have many pairs. It isn’t unusual to have more than one pair in winter, but come spring the visitors will be driven away if they don’t leave voluntarily.

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Banning the Sale of Invasive Plants, and a Few Hitchhikers
Thirty-three invasive, and likely or potentially invasive, plants have been banned from sale in Maine in a ruling that went into effect on January 14, 2017.  Prohibition of sales will begin on January 1, 2018.  Three of those plants have never been nursery stock, but rather, "horticultural hitchhikers."

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Tom Doak Discusses Large Game Management on Public Radio
Tom Doak, the executive director of Maine Woodland Owners, was a guest speaker this week on Maine Calling, a Maine Public Radio program.  The topic was "Maine's Big Game Wildlife Plan."  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is currently working on rewriting the plan. To listen to a recording of the program, click here.


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Maine Woodland Owners has compiled a list of both portable and stationary sawmills in the state of Maine, modeled after the list that had been produced by The Maine Forest Service.  This updated list of sawmills provides information about services and  products, locations, and contact information.    To see the list, click here.

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The Ten Biggest Mistakes, Revisited
Tom Doak of Maine Woodland Owners has done many presentations on his list of “The Ten Biggest Mistakes Woodland Owners Make.” Here is a new list to think about: “The Ten Biggest Mistakes Woodland Owners Make When Having a Harvest.” The two lists overlap some. I’ll share the story of one of those calls I don’t like to get, as a reminder of certain things to think about when planning to have your woodlot harvested. This is a true story, though without some of the identifying details.

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Only Three Maine Mammals Hibernate Full-Time
Hibernation is underway in our woodlots. We can let the dogs out in the evening without worrying about them bumping into raccoons, skunks, porcupines and bears. Or can we? 

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