Day in the woods Oct. 14

Posted:  Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:00am
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Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 14, (rain date Oct. 15). Midcoast Conservancy and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) are hosting a full day of information and fun in the woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Workshop content includes listening and talking to state experts on low-impact forestry, improving the ability of forest practices to sequester carbon and enhance wildlife habitat, the benefits of conservation easements, and land trust experience with forestry.

Hands-on opportunities will allow participants to learn by seeing, doing and walking with pros. There will be guided walks and talks; demonstrations of logging with horses, small scale equipment, and a small European cut to length processor; workshops on trail-making and tree pruning, dealing with invasive plants and bugs; and a number of exhibits.

Most importantly, attendees will be encouraged to learn by having fun. There will be several university woodsmen team competitions, guided walks for kids with readings in the woods by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and more, including a “Tour De Woods” Fat-tire bike ride.

Enjoy food from Alna General Store, Harvest Moon catering and Oxbow beer. Stomp your feet, dance, or just listen to The Gawler Family band performing new and old logging songs. Register now: $5 per person, $15 per family until Oct. 9, when prices increase to $10 and $20.

To see a brochure with the schedule for the day, and to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/forestry-event-101517/. For more information, email news@midcoastconservancy.org or call (207) 389-5150.