Field Day Set for Sept. 9

       It’s not too early to save the date: Saturday, Sept. 9, for Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Tree Farm’s 63rd annual Forestry Field Day.

     The 2017 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers are Pam and Bryan Wells, owners of the Wells Demonstration Forest, which encompasses over 1,000 acres in Milford and Greenfield. They have worked diligently to bring their woods back from a heavily cut, high-graded condition. The results so far are remarkable, which is why their forester, Kirby Ellis, nominated them to be Outstanding Tree Farmers.

     The Wells Demonstration Forest is one of two Northeast Regional Finalists for National Outstanding Tree Farmer. Based on the nomination form submitted by their Tree Farm Inspector Kirby Ellis, they were among 18 Tree Farmers nationwide that were nominated. This marks the second year in a row that the Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year is among the “Elite Eight;” Pine Tree Camp in Rome also earned that honor in 2016.

     Planning is well underway for Field Day, which will include a number of tours of the property, highlighting the Wells’ efforts since acquiring the forest. The primary staging and gathering place for the event will be at the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association Camp located in Milford.

     More details will be posted in the August issue of Maine Woodlands, with directions to the site and a comprehensive list of planned activities.

Pictures, below, are from the 62nd Maine Woodland Owners/Tree Farm Forestry Field Day - September 2016.


The accessible tree house is a magnet for campers and visitors.

A group gathers on the deck of the tree house.

On a motorized guided forest tour, demonstrations cover in-depth aspects of forest management.

Tom Martin, president of the American Forestry Foundation, talks about the future of the Tree Farm movement

MFS Outreach Forester Andy Shultz describes forestry strategies on a lakeshore stand of hemlock and hardwood.

The scenic Pine Tree Camp cafeteria is the setting for lunch and a speaker program. Maine Tree Farm Chair, Paul Larrivee, introduces the speakers.

The Sandy River Ramblers entertain.

A teepee hosts programs for campers along the lakeshore.