Assisted Migration: Nursery Beds and Forest Planting

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Assisted Migration: Nursery Beds and Forest Planting

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

$10 – $50

*Registration is free for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members, as well as individuals enrolled in MOFGA’s Journeyperson program.

Learn about assisted migration efforts at MOFGA’s woodlot; strategies for growing nursery stock; planting new trees for assisted migration; as well as more broadly planning climate adaptation efforts. Plus, enjoy lunch with colleagues!


Our sliding scale registration is designed to make our workshops as accessible as possible by providing a range of pricing options, with a goal of ticket sales averaging in the middle. To cover food costs, the recommended price for this event is $30 for MOFGA members and $40 for non-members. Please pay what feels reasonable for you.

What to expect for the day:

We will begin with a visit to MOFGA’s climate adaptation forestry research site with Aleta McKeage and learn about the trees being planted to study their potential for growing in Maine as the climate warms. Participants will have a chance to plant new trees and shrubs for the research project.

Then, we will walk through the Unity Woodlot discussing the MOFGA Forest Management Plan followed by lunch. Consulting forester Maren Granstrom will use examples from the plan to discuss managing woods to build resilience and other considerations for working within a changing climate.

In the afternoon, Jack Kertesz, MOFGA’s Landscape Coordinator, will take us to look at some of the efforts to grow woody plant nursery stock on the grounds, pointing out both successes and failures as we tour the South orchard. We will also gather to see and discuss a novel planting technique that promotes highly developed root systems, (a gravel bed), and have a look at the results of using an air pruning bed that was installed last year to grow grafted apple trees. If there is time we will tour parts of the grounds to visit some of the less common trees and shrubs that we have been growing.

Please bring weather and woods appropriate clothes and shoes (muck boots or hiking boots may be best!), water, personal snacks, and anything you need to be comfortable walking through the woods – on and off trail. This field day will involve uneven terrain and navigating woody plants and material. 

Questions? Email [email protected]

Newly planted trees are surrounded by established trees in MOFGA's woodlot



May 18


9:00 am - 2:00 pm


$10 – $50


MOFGA’s Education Center

294 Crosby Brook Rd
Unity, ME 04988 United States

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