SEARSMONT — The Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service’s series of short field tours highlighting forest stewardship and conservation continues. These workshops are open to the general public, as well as landowners, foresters, loggers, and others interested in the stewardship of trees and woodlands. They offer a brief opportunity for observation, questions, and discussion.
On Thursday, October 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. a tour will be hosted at White Pine Management by Robbins Lumber, Searsmont. The Robbins Mill in Searsmont is not only a nationally known producer of white pine lumber. For generations they also have been carefully managing both their own extensive lands as well as client landowners’ properties, for high quality white pine logs and other products. Robbins Lumber foresters Nolan Steele and Mark Vannah will showcase some of their efforts including recent harvesting to regenerate white pine seedlings, thin growing sawtimber, and harvest mature trees carefully to ensure future productivity of the land. Join us for this example of long-term white pine silviculture.
We’ll meet at the end of the Buck Road in Searsmont. The Buck Road is a small, dead-end, gravel road heading east off Magog Road, about 1.25 miles south of the intersection of Ghent Road and Magog Road. Proceed about 0.6 miles down the Buck Road - the road is narrow with few places to turn around, though there is ample parking at a log landing at the end. If you need assistance call Morten Moesswilde (see below).
This event is free and open to the public, but if you can please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly. The tour involves walking outdoors (moderate difficulty), and will occur rain, snow, or shine (unless conditions are hazardous, e.g. lightning or ice). Please dress for field conditions. For more information contact Aleta McKeage, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 207-218-5311 or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, at 207-441-2895.