Free woodland stewardship tour offered in Waldoboro
WALDOBORO — Join Maine Forest Service (MFS) District Forester Morten Moesswilde, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) Program Manager Hildy Ellis, and Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) Land Protection and Stewardship Director, Joan Ray for the fourth in a series of small-scale woodland stewardship tours in Knox and Lincoln counties. This month's tour will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Burkett Mill Preserve in Waldoboro.
Burkett Mill is in a conservation focus area that Medomak Valley Land Trust refers to as Three Brooks Forest, a nearly 6,000-acre habitat block in Waldoboro between Old Route One and Finntown Road. Much of the property was heavily logged prior to acquisition by MVLT but a section on the northern end of the preserve had not been harvested in many years. In 2013, MVLT hired a horse-logger to conduct a Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project, with funding from Natural Resources Conservation Service, with prescriptions for mast tree release, brush piles, and installation of birdhouses for both small birds and raptors.
To find the preserve from Rt 1 in Waldoboro: Turn onto Old Route One (on the south side of the road between Moose Crossing and RZR Hardware). In approximately 0.5 miles, continue straight onto Goshen Road for 1.8 miles, then continue onto the unpaved Burkett Mill Rd. where Goshen curves sharply left. Parking for the preserve is located on the left 0.3 miles down the road.
The tour is free and will be held rain or shine - please dress for the elements and ground conditions. For more information and to let us know that you plan to attend, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD at (207) 596-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the May 17 tour on Invasive Plant Management at Deer Foot Farm in Appleton and other upcoming tours may be found at www.knox-lincoln.org/woodland-stewardship-tours.