Low-Impact Forestry

2022 Low-Impact Forestry Workshops

The LIF program hosts workshops year round covering all sorts of forestry-related topics from logging with draft animals to home firewood production. The LIF staff also participate in collaborative logging projects that explore creative forest management and contracts that benefit both landowner and logger.

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Tour an Old Forest

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

FREE

Join us for a moderate hike to explore both managed forests at MOFGA and unmanaged old forests along the Hills to Sea trail. We’ll discuss the value of unmanaged, late-successional forests for carbon storage and healthy ecosystems, and see some spectacularly large, old trees. Leaders Buck O’Herin and Aleta McKeage will also share information about new Hills to Sea Trail resources. Cosponsored by Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, MOFGA, and the Hills to Sea Trail Coalition.

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Questions? Please email [email protected]

Details

Date:
August 13
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
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Venue

MOFGA’s Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Rd
Unity, ME 04988 United States
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Phone:
207 568 4142
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Logging with Farm Tractors and Forestry Winches

August 27 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

$75 – $100

Learn the basic skills needed to safely use a winch-equipped farm tractor in the woods. This beginner-level course will cover basic tractor and winch operation, building hitches, skid trail layout, landing management and techniques to limit residual stand damage. The course will not include hands-on tree felling instruction. Please bring a lunch.

$100; $75 MOFGA members.

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Questions? Please email [email protected]

Details

Date:
August 27
Time:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost:
$75 – $100
Event Category:

Venue

MOFGA’s Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Rd
Unity, ME 04988 United States
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Phone:
207 568 4142
Fairgoers head towards the Low-Impact Forestry Area.
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The Common Ground Country Fair

September 23 - September 25

The Common Ground Country Fair will be in-person at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine on September 23, 24, and 25, 2022. MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living features 1000+ exhibitors and speakers, and emphasizes vibrant communities, sustainable living and local economies, while highlighting organic agriculture. Learn more here. Advance tickets are on sale from August 1 – September 21. Tickets available here. Ticket prices: Adults (18-64) – $15 August 1-September 21; $20 September 22-25
Elders (65+) – $12 August 1-September 21; $15 September 22-25
Youth 13-17 – $12 August 1-September 21; $15 September 22-25
Children 12 and under – free admission daily. Tickets must be reserved even for free tickets.
Persons with disabilities – free admission daily for you and an attending person. Tickets must be reserved even for free tickets. Volunteers make the Common Ground Country Fair possible. Experience the fair by volunteering! More information here.

Details

Start:
September 23
End:
September 25
Website:
https://www.mofga.org/the-fair/

Venue

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
294 Crosby Brook Rd.
Unity, ME 04988 United States
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Phone:
207-568-4142
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Thousands of fairgoers walk through MOFGA’s woodlot, passing forestry demonstrations on their way to the ticket gate. Many quickly return to the woods to take part in or at least observe the hands-on workshops and demonstrations in our woodlot and to hear talks in the Low-Impact Forestry Speakers Tent on sustainable forestry practices appropriate for Maine. The LIF area has something of interest for everyone who has the slightest curiosity about the woods around us.

People using a sawmill on the MOFGA grounds.
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Introduction to Portable Sawmilling

September 26 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

$75 – $100

Join professional sawyer Nick Zandstra for a hands-on opportunity to learn about portable bandsaw mills. The course will cover basic mill operation, mill yard layout and techniques to maximize lumber quality while milling hardwood and pine logs harvested from the MOFGA woodlot.

Please note: Though the course will be taught using a fully-hydraulic Woodmizer mill, the techniques discussed are also helpful for those who plan to use other sawmill brands and more entry-level models. Please bring a lunch.

$100; $75 MOFGA members.

REGISTER HERE.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

Details

Date:
September 26
Time:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost:
$75 – $100
Event Category:

Venue

MOFGA’s Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Rd
Unity, ME 04988 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
207 568 4142
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