Legislative Update:

Ranger Safety, Foraging and Expanding Turkey Hunting Opportunities are Leading Bills This Session

Read Bills and Testimonies here:

LD 8 Ranger Safety    LD 8 Testimony 
LD 128 Foraging  LD 128 Testimony 
LD 98 Turkey Hunting  LD 98 Testimony 
LD 349 Mattress Stewardship   LD 349 Testimony 

 

Legislative Articles

 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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Once each year, approximately 30 30-yard dumpsters are filled to the brim with discarded mattresses, old tires, car parts, and other items dumped on the land of woodlot owners. This enormous clean-up effort, undertaken by a host of volunteers during IF&W and DACF’s Annual Cleanup Day, only touches upon a fraction of the waste that is illegally dumped.

A bill has recently been proposed that addresses the problem in the form of a discarded mattress stewardship program. Bill Williams, Deputy Executive Director of Maine Woodland Owners, points out that it’s important to “reduce overall waste and reduce the dumping of waste on woodland owner's property,” in his testimony for the bill.  To read his full testimony, click here.

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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, 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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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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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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Maine Woodland Owners recently donated a full truckload of firewood to the Cumberland Wood Bank, with the 10 cords of wood coming from a harvest on a Cumberland woodlot owned by Maine Woodland Owners. 

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A revitalized Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) website will help connect Maine students to the forests that now occupy 90% of the state’s land area.

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Pellet plants designed for small landowners are on the drawing board, and, in one case, ready to start up, as Maine wood markets adjust to the dearth in demand for softwood pulp produced by the closure of several paper mills.

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