Conservation District takes stewardship tour in Jefferson June 21

Jun 08, 2018
Courtesy of: Hidden Valley Nature Center Hidden Valley Nature Center demonstrates sustainable forestry practices.

Rockport — Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and the Maine Forest Service present their sixth monthly Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tour Thursday, June 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson.

The free field tours, led by MFS District Forester Morten Moesswilde, are designed to highlight woodland stewardship and conservation practices of private landowners and are open to landowners, loggers, foresters and others interested in the stewardship of small woodlands. Hidden Valley Nature Center, which comprises more than 1,000 acres, practices sustainable forestry and has developed an interpreted Sustainable Forestry Demo Area comparing three harvesting methods: horse logging, cut to length, and mid-scale equipment harvesting. The tour will focus on sustainable management techniques that enhance wildlife habitat and access, as well as stand improvement practices, including pruning and thinning.

The tour will begin at the Hidden Valley parking lot and entrance gate at 3 p.m. Tours take place rain or shine (barring lightning and blizzards), so participants are encouraged to dress for weather, field and bug conditions.

For more info about the series and to register for this tour, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040, hildy@knox-lincoln.org or knox-lincoln.org/woodland-stewardship-tours.

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