Forest Management Program Developed by Research Reserve
The Takeaway: Maine is the most forested state in the nation; good forest management practices play an important role in maintaining water quality and wildlife habitat.
Maine is the most forested state in the nation and also has the highest percentage of privately owned forestland. Natural landscapes play an important role in maintaining water quality and wildlife habitat, and represent prime attractions for tourists. These facts make good forest management practices among private landowners an important topic for Maine.
The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve developed a comprehensive program for this purpose. A highlight is the “Yankee Woodlot,” 34 acres at the reserve used to demonstrate sustainable timber harvest practices and support educational opportunities for woodland owners. The site includes self-guided trails, smart phone videos, guided walks, workshops, and presentations. School groups and teachers have also used the site to learn about forest ecology and good forestry practices. The reserve also developed a forest-management business plan, and has provided technical assistance for the region’s nonprofit woodland owners (land trusts and conservation commissions). (2016)
Partners: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve