Low-Impact Forestry

Learn more about low impact forestry! In this area, you’ll find videos on everything from tree identification to working with a forester to thinning a young forest to carbon sequestration.

About the Maine Woods and Forest Management

Learn from members of the Low-Impact Forestry Committee and the Maine Forest Service about the Maine woods and forest management.
Thinning A Young Forest Using Log Tongs
In this video we follow Sam Brown, MOFGA board member and long-time volunteer, as he uses log tongs to thin trees in his young forest.
Maine Forest Service Tree ID Sep 2020
This video from the Maine Forest Service teaches basic tree identification skills and specifically identifies nine common Maine tree species.
Maine Harvest Satisfaction Survey
This video from the Maine Forest Service introduces the Maine Harvest Satisfaction Survey and profiles a small landowner’s experiences as he worked with a forester and logger to meet his management objectives.
Guards at the Door
In this video we follow Pete Hagerty, member of the Low-Impact Forestry Committee, on a walk through the woods as he discusses how trees store carbon, demonstrates a tree carbon estimator, and shares some moments from his own life.
Maine Harvest Satisfaction Survey
Part 3 – “PLANNING FOR YOUR WOODS”
Part 8 – “THE FUTURE OF WOODLANDS”

Profiles in Stewardship Series

Our friends at the Maine Forest Service shared this series about a group of landowners in Baldwin Maine committed to their woodlots’ long-term active management.
Part 1 –“WOODLAND OWNERS”
This video from the Maine Forest Service’s Profile in Stewardship Series introduces a group of landowners in Baldwin Maine committed to their woodlots’ long-term active management.
Part 2 – “WHY OWN WOODLANDS?”
This video from the Maine Forest Service explores the financial, ecological, and emotional reasons people might own forested land.
Part 3 – “PLANNING FOR YOUR WOODS”
This video from the Maine Forest Service explains how a reputable forester can help you meet your woodlot objectives and explains the importance of having a written management plan to guide harvests before harvesting your land.
Part 5 – “PROPERTY TAX OPTIONS”
This video from the Maine Forest Service explains the Tree Growth Tax Program; a program that landowners can use to reduce the tax burden on forested land if their objective is growing forest products.
Part 6 – “GETTING READY FOR A TIMBER HARVEST”
This video from the Maine Forest Service explores the objective-setting and early planning stages of a small timber harvest and shows the relationship between a forester, landowner, and logger.
Part 7 – “CONDUCTING A TIMBER HARVEST”
This video from the Maine Forest Service’s profiles a 10-acre crop tree release harvest, shows footage of a small cable-skidder in operation, and offers the logger, landowner, and forester’s perspective.
Part 8 – “THE FUTURE OF WOODLANDS”
This video from the Maine Forest Service’s introduces ideas about the succession planning process for small landowners in Maine.
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