Woodland stewardship tour in Waldoboro set for April 19

Apr 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Medomak Valley Land Trust The Burkett Mill Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project was implemented under a grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with a horse-logging operation in 1973.

Rockport — District Forester Morten Moesswilde, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Program Manager Hildy Ellis and Medomak Valley Land Trust Land Protection and Stewardship Director Joan Ray will lead the fourth in the SWCD's series of small-scale woodland stewardship tours in Knox and Lincoln counties. This month’s tour will be held Thursday, April 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Burkett Mill Preserve in Waldoboro.

Burkett Mill is in a conservation focus area that MVLT refers to as Three Brooks Forest, a nearly 6,000-acre habitat block in Waldoboro between Old Route One and Finntown Road. Much of the property was heavily logged prior to acquisition by the land trust, but a section on the northern end of the preserve had not been harvested in many years.

In 2013, MVLT hired a horse-logger to conduct a Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project, with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, with prescriptions for mast tree release, brush piles and installation of birdhouses for both small birds and raptors.

To find the preserve from Route 1 in Waldoboro, turn onto Old Route One (on the south side of the road between Moose Crossing and RZR Hardware). In approximately half a mile, continue straight onto Goshen Road for 1.8 miles, then continue onto the unpaved Burkett Mill Road, where Goshen curves sharply left. The parking for the preserve is located on the left three tenths of a mile down the road.

The tour is free and will be held rain or shine; dress for the elements and ground conditions. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or cathrine@knox-lincoln.org.

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