The Medomak Valley Land Trust invites the public to join Ray Hill Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at the Burkett Mill Preserve in Waldoboro to learn more about the use of horses in forestry.

Hill will be present with horses and will demonstrate how he works with them to haul logs during a harvest. Local foresters will also be on hand to talk about timber stand management and planning for small woodlot owners.

MVLT is undertaking a harvest on this preserve in order to do a mast tree release. “Mast” trees are those that provide good food sources for wildlife. There is an area full of small red oaks on the north side of Burkett Mill Road, and the land trust plans to thin around these oaks to release them so that they are able to more quickly grow big enough to produce acorns. There are also a few beech trees in this area, which will be released to provide beechnuts.

The project is being undertaken in conjunction with the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, which is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land. More information on WHIP will also be available at the event.

The Burkett Mill preserve is mostly forested with substantial wetlands that serve as the headwaters for Farnsworth brook; it occupies 362 acres between Finntown and Friendship roads. The preserve has the distinction of being within the largest roadless area on a coastal peninsula between the Camden Hills and York. Burkett Mill is open to the public year-round for low-impact recreation including hiking, hunting, skiing, and snowshoeing.

To get to Burkett Mill head north on Main Street, and veer right onto Old Route One. At the end of this road, turn right onto Goshen Road. Stay on Goshen Road for 1.8 miles, and stay straight on the unpaved Burkett Mill Road where Goshen Road curves sharply left. Parking for the preserve is located on the left, 0.3 miles down the road.

For more information contact the land trust’s Waldoboro office at 832-5570 or mvlt@midcoast.com.