On May 1, participants can spend the day in the woods with at least six forest and soil experts learning about tree species identification, the influence of soils on forest plants and on harvesting operations, and how to choose which trees to cut.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Low Impact Forestry program (MOFGA LIF) and the Maine Forest Service (MFS) have, over the past three years, developed this introduction aimed at people who are beginning their woodland management journey.

Participants will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Charlie Hitchings’ woodlot in Cherryfield. After introductions they will break into three groups for the morning to cycle through three learning stations. After a noon lunch break (participants must bring their own lunch), participants will spend the final couple of hours in groups again, then will come together to mark three small sections of forest as if for harvesting, based on information they learned in their groups.

This workshop is offered free to everyone, but a recommended donation of $10 per person will help offset the costs for travel, refreshments and administration.

Register with MOFGA on the events tab, scroll to May and click Low Impact Forestry 101 Field Day in Cherryfield.

For more information about the event, contact MOFGA LIF member Sam Brown at sam@ddatt.org or 277-4221; MFS district forester for Washington County, Sandy Walczyk, at sandra.l.walczyk@maine.gov or 441-4924; or workshop host Charlie Hitchings at springriverfarm@myfairpoint.net or 546-9715.