April 28, 2007 Workshop: The Outs and Ins of Logs
The purpose of outreach and education at the Holt Research Forest is
Field Trips - The Holt Forest has hosted field trips for various groups. Stations along Holt tour routes serve as focal points for discussions of low-impact harvesting and research findings. Our tours have included the Society American Foresters, The Nature Conservancy, a group of Directors of state forestry services, and the Ecosystem Conservation Society of Japan.
Workshops - Our
workshops offer a structured approach to share research findings with people
such as landowners, loggers, and natural resource managers. Discussion ranges from Best Management
Practices to past land use, soils, bird songs, plant and wildlife population
analysis, to land conservation. Please see sample documents from our
most recent workshop (Information
Brochure, Registration Form, and workshop Agenda), below.
Guest speakers have included: Robert Bryan of the Maine Audubon Society, Andy Egan of the University of Maine Department of Forest Management, Pat Sirois of Maine’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Jack Frost of the Maine Professional Loggers Association, and Steve Pelletier, Vice President of Woodlot Alternatives. Our outreach and education efforts have been funded in part by the Baldwin Foundation and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Workshops have been held in cooperation with: Holt Woodlands Research Foundation; the University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Maine Audubon Society; Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine; Maine Forest Service; Certified Logging Professional Program; Sustainable Forestry Initiative; Maine Professional Loggers Association; and Woodlot Alternatives.
For more information, please contact Jack W. Witham, Associate Scientist, 508 Old Stage Road, Arrowsic, ME 04530, phone: (207) 443-9438 / fax: (207) 443-3118.
|Information brochure in .doc format|
|Registration form in .doc format|
|Please see the agenda below:|
The Outs and Ins of Logs
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ostrofsky, Forest Pathologist for the Maine Forest Service, will be on
hand to help identify tree defects as well as wood defects and losses in
log and wood product value which occur as the result of many natural and
human-caused factors. We will
first examine some common defects caused by tree pathogens and by injuries
from harvesting equipment and other causes.
A discussion will be conducted of how defects affect tree and
forest health and of how various factors regulate the rate and severity of
defect development in living trees. Logs
with and without defects will be sawn for examination.
Comparisons of internal patterns of defect development will then be
made and related to external signs. Participants
will gain an improved understanding of the biological and economic
importance of minimizing tree defects and of maintaining healthy trees for
improving forest values.
Jim Philp, of University of Maine
Cooperative Extension, will be demonstrating the Wood Mizer LT15 portable
sawmill that was used for teaching forestry students sawmill operation at
the 2006 Forestry Summer Camp.
The LT15 is a small mill that is very portable and at the same time
produces an excellent quality of lumber.
The demonstrations will include time for observers to see the mill
setup, examine the mill close-up, and to discuss its operation and
features with Mr. Philp.
of attendance will be available for those needing continuing education
a.m. Coffee and registration
A look at standing trees & defects
a.m. Set up of Wood Mizer
p.m. Lunch (provided)
Demonstration of Wood Mizer and a look inside of logs.
Rough terrain - wear sturdy shoes.