Outreach & Service
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.
Energy Testing Laboratory
The energy testing laboratory features state of the art biomass, pellet and panel testing equipment. We are the only fully ALSC/PFI certified pellet testing lab in New England and were one of the first in the United States. Our services include calorimetry, species analysis, thermal conductivity, element analysis, loss on ignition testing (LOI), ash, carbon, total chloride and other energy and chemical testing all performed in accord with national and international standards.
Black Ash Symposium
The University of Maine will be hosting a black ash symposium November 5th through November 7th, 2014. The unifying theme of the symposium will focus on the biology and ecology of black ash throughout North America. We will be bringing together researchers, state and national agencies, students, and tribal members to update our knowledge on a rare and rarely studied species whose populations are threatened by the emerald ash borer. By highlighting what we know, we will be able to clarify what important knowledge is needed to manage and sustain black ash in the landscape.
Service Project at Leonard’s Mills
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.
Forestry Students at the State Capital
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 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.