Field Day activities will include a drone display by the University of Maine, displays and information about invasive species (both plant and insect), and a variety of woods and forestry related vendors. The Foster Technical Center Woodsmen Team promises to be there to show off their axe-throwing and speed-chopping skills! “Operation Game Thief,” in cooperation with the Maine Warden Service, will show the “Wall of Shame,” a mobile display of the bad effects of poaching on Maine’s fish and wildlife. The Sustainable Forestry Initiatives’ ever-popular “flume table” will show how water quality can be protected from soil erosion by using Best Management Practices. Log scalers from Kennebec Lumber Company in Solon will show the best way to buck a log for scale and grade. And representatives from My Maine Woods will be there to help you learn how to meet your goals for your land, including improving wildlife habitat.
The tours of the Black Acres Tree Farm will offer walking and wagon-riding options. Items to see include an extensive sugar bush operation, including a new, state-of-the-art wood-fired evaporator; silvicultural practices such as a crop tree release project, and a recently installed bridge over a tributary stream to Pease Pond. Demonstrations of modern “smart-logging” equipment are anticipated, including a skid-steer mounted mulching head and stump-drilling rig.
The Franklin County Fiddlers Band from Farmington will be on hand to entertain folks. Coffee and snacks will be available, and a tasty lunch (burgers, hot dogs, or BBQ!) will be provided by Grant Lee, of Farmington, for $10.00 – cash only, please.