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by Llyod C. Irland

(This article is the first in a series, and was originally published in the September issue of Maine Woodlands). 

     Newspapers and magazines have been reminding us it’s the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the “Great Charter” signed under duress by King John in 1215.  It turns out that, in addition to protecting the traditional rights of the barons, it also created medieval forest rights that are still with us today.  

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It’s Tick Season.  Get to Know Your Adversary
Since 2000, deer tick populations have expanded throughout the state, and Lyme disease cases have increased exponentially.  The 5- to 14-year-old age group, and those over 65, have been most vulnerable. 

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Posted in: Forest Insects
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Know Your Soils:  Woodland Tour Explores Growing Maine's Most Perennial Crop

 “Trees are like any other crop,” David Rocque, Maine State Soil Scientist, says, in that they thrive with specific soil conditions.  He warns against “shoe horning” trees in places where they won’t be happy.  Rocque recommends ...

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Who Cooks for You?  Early Signs of Spring
Most of Maine’s migrating songbirds will arrive at the beginning of May. Some can’t wait that long. 

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Maple Syrup and Maple Bark
Can I tap this tree?        I could, if I wanted to tap a ...

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Gov. LePage, Budworm Task Force  Release Risk Assessment and Response Plan
Gov. Paul R. LePage and members of the Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force released recommendations about how to respond to the upcoming spruce budworm investation.  To see the full report, click here.

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Ubiquitous Pine Weevil and How to Live with It
     Many white pines never get a chance to fulfill their genetic potential. and in most cases it’s not because they’re cut down, or blown down, or broken down by snow and ice, but because they fall victim to a tiny insect – the white pine weevil, a bug that could be a candidate for the 10 Most Unwanted List.

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Tracks and Scat Tell  about Habitat and Species
When looking at tracks, a good way to start is deciding whether it is a canid (dog) or a felid (cat). A dog track will have ...

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Take a Conservation Survey
Take a survey and help determine state and local natural resource programs and funding opportunities in the coming five year cycle.  

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Shoreland Zoning Affects Timber Harvesting Statewide
Shoreland zoning laws help to keep our waters clean; at least that’s the intent. This set of laws, as it relates to timber harvesting ...

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