As part of our mission, faculty, staff and students in the School of Forest Resources are actively engaged in community outreach. From working with towns to monitor shoreland resources, to developing outdoor recreational opportunities, UMaine’s broad range of expertise has enhanced the quality-of-life in communities across the state.
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Students and staff in the School of Forest Resources deal with outdoor skills and knowledge. Such knowledge can be shared with you on your next hike by inviting a Forest Resource “Guide” to join you. We can help you plan a hike, teach outdoor skills such as compass use and map reading, and share our knowledge about Maine’s natural history.
The 74th annual meeting of the Northeastern Forest Pest Council (Covering forest insects, diseases, and weeds in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada since 1939) took place from 4-5 April 2012 at the UMass Hotel & Conference Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Click the above link for program information. Presentations that are available for download will have an active hyperlink on the title.
Forty-two students and five faculty worked to help prepare the grounds at Leonard’s Mills, located in Bradley, Maine, for a busy autumn. The current students joined the efforts of the incoming freshmen class as they cleared away brush and debris from the grounds of Lonards’ Mill and surrounding trails. The project provided an opportunity for current students and faculty to become acquainted with new faces.
Professor Richard Jagels, professor of forest biology, and a faculty member for 30 years, has made use of his ability to understand the structure of wood to serve as a forensic expert in legal cases ranging from the ladder used in the Lindberg kidnaping (case re-opened in the 1980s), to local murder and rape cases where wood chips or tree branches became key pieces of evidence.
Held in the historic Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta, students and faculty demonstrated to Maine state legislators and the Governor the values that forests provide. During breaks in the legislative sessions, students and staff were able to meet one-on-one with Maine policymakers to discuss forestry and its role as part of the state’s character and economy.
The School of Forest Resources, Maine TREE Foundation – Project Learning Tree, and high schools form a partnership to work on professional development that increases the use of forest resources to facilitate improved teaching to better meet the revised Maine Learning Results and improve student performance in tests and success after graduation.
The School of Forest Resources supports the Maine Association of Conservation District’s Envirothon, Maine’s high school environmental education competition. The school helps to sponsor field days and competitions for the Envirothon teams.
Maine Project Learning Tree and the Maine TREE Foundation, with support from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, are supporting a growing number of Maine schools and communities that use outdoor classrooms and forest research sites with students. The newly formed Maine School Forest Network seeks to join schools and communities across Maine where Outdoor Learning has become a viable pedagogical practice. The University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources is a member of the Network and hosts the Network’s web pages (under development).