Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Low Impact Forestry

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Welcome to the Low Impact Forestry Area of the Common Ground Country Fair!

MOFGA's Low-Impact Forestry (LIF) Program offers a variety of demonstrations and woodlot tours during all three days of the Common Ground Country Fair. Fairgoers who park at the South parking lot enter the Fair through the Pine Gate, after having strolled through part of the MOFGA woodlot. You may hear the whir of the sawmill, catch a whiff of freshly-milled pine, or cross paths with teams of draft horses hauling logs through the woods.

Visit the Schedule page to view the many demonstrations and offerings that LIF showcases at the Fair. Under the tent, LIF offers talks on forestry-related topics such as how to: safely produce your own firewood; measure the carbon sequestered in your woodlot; choose a logger for a successful low-impact harvest; utilize pruning techniques to add value to your woodlot; measure damage from harvesting and storms, and; lay out and run a horse-logging operation. Out in the woods, participants have the opportunity to tour the woodlot, learn about chainsaw safety, witness demonstrations of logging with hand tools and directional felling techniques, and more. A favorite demonstration is the portable sawmill operation, which is set up to receive logs harvested on-site and hauled by draft animals (horses or oxen). The sawmill converts these logs into boards, sawdust, and slabs which are then used as building material for the barns and other buildings on the MOFGA grounds.

Curious to learn more? Grab a hard hat from the LIF tent and come see us in action!

For more information about the Low-Impact Forestry Area of the Common Ground Country Fair, contact forestry@mofga.org

To learn more about MOFGA's Low-Impact Forestry program, visit us here.


Information for Exhibitors

Due date: May 15, 2019

For a paper copy of the application: please contact the Fair office at 207-568-4142 ext 6041 or commonground@mofga.org

2019 Low Impact Forestry Guidelines Packet (PDF)

Questions? Try our Fair Application Navigation Guide

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 14-17, 2019 – Four days of workshops, Thursday - Sunday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. A series of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals or low-impact machinery.

 

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
Thursday, November 14 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $125 – REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE for Draft and Mechanical Logging Workshops
Taught by foresters, soil scientists, and experienced landowners, this one-day introductory field course serves as a great introduction to the philosophy of Low-Impact forestry.
REGISTRATION

Logging with Draft Animals Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with draft animals.
REGISTRATION

Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with hand tools and small machinery.
REGISTRATION

 

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