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Milford to host annual Forestry Field Day

Visitors at the 62nd annual Forestry Field Day at Pine Tree Camp in Rome last year.
Courtesy of Gretchen Heldmann, Program Coordinator for Maine Tree Farm

Wells Forest, owned by Pam and Bryan Wells, encompasses over 1,000 forested acres in Milford and Greenfield.
Courtesy of Pam Wells

MILFORD– The 63rd annual Forestry Field Day, a joint production of Maine Tree Farm and the Maine Woodland Owners, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association Camp and Wells Forest, both located on the Stud Mill Road in Milford.

Pam and Bryan Wells, owners of the Wells Forest, are the 2017 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer and were among eight finalists nationwide for the American Tree Farm System’s National Outstanding Tree Farmer Award.

“The Forestry Field Day is our largest outdoor event of the year, and affords the opportunity for landowners to share experiences and find out how others deal with the challenges we all face as landowners,” said Maine Woodland Owners Executive Director Tom Doak.

The day emphasizes sustainable forestry practices and the many ways landowners can enhance the usefulness and enjoyment of their property. This annual event has attracted hundreds of people in years past.

Wells Forest encompasses over 1,000 forested acres in Milford and Greenfield. Pam and Bryan have the goal of eventually obtaining some economic value from tree growth as well as helping other woodlot owners define goals for their forests. Equally important is the Wells’s desire to do this work in a way that is environmentally friendly for trees, wildlife and fisheries.

The Field Day will host a wide variety of events, tours and talks during the daylong program. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with coffee, snacks, informational brochures and door prize tickets. The program opens at 8:50 a.m. with remarks from Tree Farm and Maine Woodland Owners representatives.

For those who prefer not to drive their vehicles on gravel roads, parking and bus transportation to the MYFGA Camp will be available from the Madden Timberlands headquarters located off Route 2 in Milford/Costigan – the address is 506 Main Road, Milford (blue shop with “Fernald Madden and Sons” on the side).

Program highlights include:

Exhibitors’ tent, education stations, children’s activities, and refreshments all day.

8:30 a.m. – ongoing: Welcome Tent Open

8:50 a.m.: Opening Remarks & Welcome

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.:

Education Stations & Booth displays, vendor displays, and demonstrations.

Guided Tours of the Tree Farm: vans will shuttle folks from the MYFGA Camp to the Wells Tree Farm.

Guided Forest Walking Tour: Walking tours of moderate length will reveal a gorge on the beautiful Sunkhaze Stream, and showcase artifacts of the 1800’s era LeBallister shingle mill, as well as other aspects of local history and natural beauty.

Guided Motorized Van Tour: See live demonstrations of cut-to-length in-woods processing and forwarding, as well as the results of restorative silvicultural practices such as crop tree release, pre-commercial thinning, and low-density pine thinning.

11:45 a.m. – Lunch provided (cash only). Door prizes given throughout the lunch program

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Speaker Program.

1:15 p.m. – Repeat of Guided Forest Tours (see above.)

Program is subject to change. Please check http://wellsforest.com/tree-farm-field-day/ for latest information.

Directions to Fernald Madden & Sons (parking area with shuttle bus):

From the North, take exit 193 off I-95 North and turn left onto Stillwater Avenue heading towards Old Town. Continue on Stillwater Avenue past the Hannaford shopping plaza (on the right), and shortly after that follow the normal course of the road to continue onto Center Street. Head towards Milford, crossing over two bridges over the Penobscot River, staying on Main Road/Route 2 (which follows along the river) for about 4.5 miles. The blue shop with “Fernald Madden and Sons” on the side will be on the left.

From the South, take exit 193 off I-95 North and merge right onto Stillwater Avenue toward Old Town. Continue on Stillwater Avenue past the Hannaford shopping plaza (on the right), and shortly after that follow the normal course of the road to continue onto Center Street. Head towards Milford, crossing over two bridges over the Penobscot River, staying on Main Road/Route 2 (which follows along the river) for about 4.5 miles. The blue shop with “Fernald Madden and Sons” on the side will be on the left.

Directions to Maine Youth Fish and Game Camp (parking is available here for your vehicle; be aware that this involves travel on gravel roads): From Old Town take Route 2 in an easterly direction; crossing over the Old Town and Milford bridges into Milford. Take the second right onto County Road. Travel on the County Road for about 7 miles to the intersection of the County Road and the Studmill Road at the first stop sign. Turn right onto the Stud Mill Road at the stop sign and travel 3 miles. See the entrance to Maine’s Youth Fish And Game Association at Pickerel Pond on the left, through the open yellow gate. This gate will be the 3rd yellow gate on the left from the stop sign at the County Road intersection.

For more information, contact Gretchen Heldmann, Program Coordinator for Maine Tree Farm, at 613-6837; coordinator@mainetreefarm.org

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