Forest Roads, Forestry and Farm Workshop

by | Jun 4, 2021

 

        Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021     9 a.m.-12 noon

 

            Kingdom Road Farm, 720 Kingdom Rd.

 

                             Blue Hill, Maine 

 

Come join us for a morning of learning about the challenges of running a small farm, how to manage forest roads and reduce erosion, and tips on managing a small woodlot.  

 

Farm, forest & wildlife practices and technical and financial assistance to meet these practices will be discussed while walking the property. Emphasis will be on maintaining, protecting, and enhancing habitat, soil and water quality.

 

Presenters:

 

Ben Gifford-Owner, Kingdom Road Farm &                                                                                 Woodlot

Ben operates the diverse farm.  He grows hay, potatoes and eggs, as well as raises sheep for lamb.  He provides potatoes and eggs to Penobscot Community School. Ben also manages his forest and is partnering with Somerset SWCD on a pollinator project.  He is a ‘jack of all trades’; farmer, carpenter and hosts guests in the farmhouse.

  

 Michael Jensen – Maine Forest Service 

Mike is our Maine Forest Service District Forester, covering a 2.9 million acre district that stretches from Deer Isle to Lubec along the coast and inland from Bucksport to Calais.  He has worked as an employee in an old-fashioned circular sawmill, as a self-employed conventional logger, private consulting forester and in a shared state/federal position as Water Quality Forester with New Hampshire Forests and Lands and the US Forest Service.

 

 Joseph Roy – State Wildlife Biologist for Private Lands

Joe is a Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Private Lands Wildlife Biologist, providing technical assistance to landowners, foresters, and other service providers managing land for at-risk fish and wildlife.  Joe was born and raised in western Maine and has worked all across the country with bear, deer, elk, and loons among other species.  He has been working in his current role with IFW since November 2020. He and his wife, and their two dogs, live on a small “hobby farm” in Durham where they raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and pigs.

 

David Rocque – State Soil Scientist, Retired

Dave has been a licensed Soils Scientist and Forester for 40 years.  He recently retired from the position of Maine State Soils Scientist.  Dave has been the liaison between the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and is generously offering his expertise to the District for this workshop.

Christopher Phinney – USDA Natural Resources                                                              Conservation Service 

Chris is the NRCS District Conservationist for Hancock County.  Since his hiring in 2015, he has been serving the county producers. Chris will provide information on NRCS Service Programs.  He is a lifelong Mainer living in Bucksport.

 

 The small $10 fee includes lunch and the booklet ‘Forestry Best Management Practices’ published by the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry!

 

To register click on the photo ! 

 

Thank you, Ben Gifford, for providing a perfect location for this workshop!