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Architect of the Timber Age coming to Maine

An evangelist for wood construction is coming to Maine. Anthony Thistleton of the pioneering London firm Waugh and Thistleton headlines a diverse lineup of presenters at the Wood Innovators Conference in Hiram Oct. 22. It was Waugh and Thistleton’s nine-story Stadthaus apartment building in London in 2009 that ignited the worldwide competition to build the […]

Forestry students tackle tough lots

There’s a new option for woodland owners trying to rejuvenate marginal woodlots. Modern logging economics tend to discourage landowners from undertaking a beneficial thinning. Now along comes Maplestone School in Acton with an offer that may work for some landowners. The school is looking for small timber harvest sites for their “stump to mill” forestry […]

Is wood chipping behind the jump in logging jobs?

The growth of logging jobs in southern Maine – which has just been documented in a new report – is catching almost everyone by surprise. Logging jobs in southern Maine jumped by 37 percent between 2005 and 2013, according to Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine. That rate […]

You can’t tell a harvest by its appearance

Can you tell good forestry from bad forestry when you see it? The three photos above all depict logging operations that have made dramatic changes in the landscape. Two of the photos illustrate good forestry that takes care of the long-term health of the woods. One of the photos depicts poor forestry and short-term management. […]

Scrolling, pinching, swiping your way through the woods

If you own woods but aren’t real woodsy, you can now let your smart phone do the bushwacking. “About My Woods” is a free phone app developed by North East State Foresters Association specifically for woodland owners who are un-savvy about their woods. It is available HERE. Once downloaded, the app allows one to key […]

Post-harvest survey getting pre-harvest attention

A new woodland owner survey intended as a post-harvest satisfaction rating is also being used as a pre-harvest checklist to improve communication between landowners and professionals. Two months ago, Maine Forest Service sent a Harvest Satisfaction Survey to 2,000 landowners who conducted a timber harvest in 2013. So far, more than 750 surveys have been returned and early […]

It pays to keep good trees growing

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, service foresters working for the state or for cooperative extension marked a lot of timber sales for landowners. I was one of those foresters in New York, and I thought I did a fair job of marking timber. After those years behind the paint gun, I had the opportunity […]