CFRU Fall Field Tour
A diverse group of landowners, managers, forest products companies, conservation organizations, and state agencies had a first-hand look at forestry research during a tour hosted by UMaine’s Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. Around 90 attendees representing 8.5 million acres of Maine’s working forests participated in the tour, which was sponsored by Plum Creek Timber Company. Organizations included Baxter State Park, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands, Forest Society of Maine, Katahdin Forest Management, Prentiss & Carlisle and others.
The tour provided an opportunity to discuss pressing issues facing Maine’s forests, and showcased results from forestry research in the areas of wood supply, economics, forest pests, harvesting and wildlife. The centerpiece was a visit to the Austin Pond site established in 1977 to study regeneration methods in forests affected by spruce budworm. There, participants saw the productivity gains from herbicide treatment and pre-commercial thinning. CFRU has more than 30 member organizations and was created in 1975 to leverage the resources of forest landowners and researchers in finding effective, science-based solutions to forest management challenges.