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Invasive Plants 101:  Autumn Olive

The abundant red-orange fruits of autumn olive make it easy to spot this time of year.  A single shrub can produce over 50,000 seeds.

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White Pine Disease:  An Update
Once again this year, a lot of white pine needles are turning brown and dropping off in large numbers. The cause is ...

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Invasive Plants 101:  Shrubby honeysuckles
Shrubby honeysuckles are not only invasive, but large enough to take over a forest understory. Lonicera morrowii, L. tatarica, L. x bella)are deciduous shrubs of Northeastern woods, sometimes found around old cellar holes. 

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The 127th Legislature adjourned on April 29, and is unlikely to return until a new Legislature is seated in December. Here are highlights some of bills affecting woodland owners:


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Foresters Offer Advice on Dealing with EAB
     As the emerald ash borer (EAB) approaches the state, the Maine Forest Service (MFS) is preparing for likely quarantines, while foresters are hearing from and advising their clients about what the future may hold.

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 by Lloyd C. Irland
(This is the seventh article in a series by Lloyd C. Irland, originally published in the May issue ofMaine Woodlands). 

   
     Most careful readers of Maine’s forest history know that the masts for the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides,” came from the Maine woods.  Several individuals prominent in her career were also from Maine. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat; she now rests in drydock at Charlestown for a restoration, due to be completed in 2017.  Here, briefly, is “the rest of the story”.

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by Lloyd C. Irland 
(this is the fifth article in a series by Lloyd C. Irland, orginally publilshe in the February 2016 issue of Maine Woodlands).

     Our history books talk of periodic peasant revolts that shaped history, toppling dynasties, exacting concessions, or, more often, ending in bloody suppressions and changing nothing.  Grievances over the forests played a role in many of them. We’ve seen the complex evolution of common rights in medieval Europe’s forests. These rights became increasingly unworkable and even dysfunctional in times of prosperity, widening trade, urbanization, and increasing population. About the year 1000

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by Llyod Irland
(This is the sixth article in a series by Lloyd C. Irland, originally published in the April issue of Maine Woodlands).

 

     Reports by explorers Champlain, Weymouth, and Captain John Smith burst with superlatives describing the size of the trees they found on New England’s shores.  They note their significance to the Navy’s needs, and the disadvantages should somebody else’s empire appropriate them.  During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Lords of the Admiralty were being squeezed by their Baltic timber suppliers. 

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by Lloyd C. Irland
(This is the fourth in a series of articles by Lloyd C. Irland, and was initially published in the December issue of Maine Woodlands).  

     So far this series has noted the obsession of medieval lords with the deer, boar, and game birds of the forest. We’ve paid less attention to how the common folk of the villages used the forest for food.  I was tempted to call this, “Forest and Kitchen,” but then realized the people we speak of had no kitchens.

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(This article is the third in a series by Lloyd C. Irland, and was originally published in the November issue of Maine Woodlands).

     In the Middle Ages, most farms consisted of scattered patches with rights to plow, graze pigs, cut wood, or harvest honey. A manor held by a minor lord might include several villages, each with a few dozen farms, tilled by villeins bound to the land.... 

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