Save the Date! 
Annual Maine Woodland Owners/Maine Tree Farm Forestry Field Day
September 9, 2017 -- Wells {Demonstration} Forest
Milford and Greenfield


     Things are shaping up nicely for the 63rd annual Maine Woodland Owners / Maine Tree Farm Field Day, held this year Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Wells Demonstration Forest in Milford and Greenfield. The day honors Pam and Bryan Wells, the Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers for 2017. Events will kick off at 8:50 a.m. at the Maine Youth Fish and Game Camp. 

     Transportation will be provided both to the site, and on tours around the property, which has a host of significant natural and historic features. For those who prefer not to drive on gravel roads, parking and bus transportation to the Youth Camp will be available from Fernald Madden and Sons at 506 Main Road, Milford. Coffee and snacks available at the camp, and a tasty lunch will be available, cash only.

     Tours will offer walking and riding options. Walking tours will feature a gorge on Sunkhaze Stream, and reveal artifacts of the 1800s-era LeBallister shingle mill. Riding tours will employ a 12-person passenger van to access demonstrations of cut-to-length in-woods processing and forwarding, and showcase restorative silvicultural practices such as crop tree release, pre-commercial thinning, and low-density pine thinning.

Displays and demonstrations throughout the day will include the University of Maine Woodsmen team and their ax-throwing and speed-chopping, the Maine Warden Service’s anti-poaching efforts, alpaca farm products, and the Northeast Master Logger Certification program. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s popular Flume Table explains how effective stream crossings and forest management can be combined. And the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will have an updated display of invasive plant and insect threats to the Maine woods.

     The lunchtime program will be introduced by Kyle Burdick, chair of the Maine Tree Farm Committee, and Jessica Leahy, president of Maine Woodland Owners. Legislators, Maine Forest Service officials, and a representative of the American Forest Foundation are expected to speak. The 2017 Logger of the Year Award will be presented by the Professional Logging Contractor’s Association. A variety of door prizes will be given away.

     Children under 15 are invited to fish Pickerel Pond, just a short cast away from the Youth Camp building; the pond is stocked with trout from state hatcheries.

     The agenda is listed below.   Additional information can be found by clicking here.

2017 Field Day Program
Maine Youth Fish and Game Association Camp and Wells Forest, Milford
Saturday, Sept. 9

  •  8:30 a.m. – Welcome Tent Open
  •  8:50 a.m. – Opening Remarks & Welcome (Exhibitors’ tent, education stations, children’s activities, and refreshments all day).
  •  9:00 a.m. – Education Stations and Booth displays

Flume Table: Fun and interactive demonstration of stream crossing techniques – Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Invasive Insect and Plant Awareness and Control – Maine Forest Service“Operation Game Thief” –Maine Warden Service
Logging display – Northeast Master Logger Certification program

Guided Tours
Vans will shuttle from the Camp to Tree Farm.
Walking Tour – Moderate length, gorge on the
beautiful Sunkhaze Stream, and artifacts of a
1800s -era shingle mill.
Motorized Van Tour – Demonstrations of
cut-to-length in-woods processing and
forwarding, restorative silvicultural practices
demonstrations by Madden Sustainable

  •  11:45 a.m. – Lunch (cash only)
  •  12:15 p.m. – Speaker Program:

Kyle Burdick, Chair, Maine Tree Farm Committee
Jessica Leahy, President, Maine Woodland Owners
Doug Denico, Maine Forest Service director (invited)
Sen. Jim Dill (invited), Rep. Michelle Dunphy
Tom Martin, President. American Forest Foundation (invited)

  •  1:15 p.m. – Repeat of Guided Forest Tours

(Program subject to change check for updates.)


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.