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My Maine Woods Materials for Landowners

What have you already done to support birds on your land? What do you plan to do and when? Use this these My Maine Woods materials to organize your next steps in providing birds and other wildlife what they need to thrive in your woodlot:

  • Hoping to learn more about managing your woodlot with birds and wildlife in mind? Consult our fact sheet and consider requesting a visit with a woodlot expert to learn about which actions may be appropriate for you and your land.

  • Use this checklist to organize your next steps in providing birds and other wildlife what they need to thrive in your woods.

  • Maine Audubon has identified 20 forest bird species of high conservation priority based on declining populations, growing risks and threats, and/or the relatively large portion of their global populations found in the Northeast. These 20 species use a variety of different forest types and habitats for feeding and nesting, and are relatively simple to identify by sight and/or sound. Keep Audubon's 20 priority bird species in your pocket with our priority bird trading cards.

  • Learn even more about Maine birds and their habitat features in A Woodland Owner’s Guide to Forestry for Maine Birds.


Additional Resources for Landowners

MY LAND PLAN

My Land Plan - a program of the American Forest Foundation - can help you explore and discover techniques for managing your woods. Easy-to-use tools guide you to map your land, set goals, keep a journal and connect with woodland owners and foresters. They also have wildlife-specific tips to help you create better homes for more wildlife on your land.

 

NRCS

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency that works with landowners to provide them with the resources they need to care for their land. They offer programs to landowners such as technical assistance and even financial assistance. NRCS offers tools and resources related to:

Agroforestry Systems, Climate Change, Energy, Engineering, Cropland Erosion, Environmental Easement Boundaries, Nutrient Management, Organic Farming, Pest Management, Science and Technology Conservation, Snow Surveys and Water Supply, Soil Surveys, Technical Service Providers, Water Quality Models, and more.

NRCS also has a partnership with My Maine Woods that allows eligible landowners to receive financial assistance for wildlife focused forest management plans. Check out what is included in the plans and contact us if you'd like to get involved.  

Find out if your property is in our project area by clicking the map here.

Learn more about NRCS in Maine and explore ways to get involved.

 

MAINE AUDUBON

Maine Audubon - a primary partner of My Maine Woods - is working locally to protect Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and various conservation activities. They have many important programs such as Forestry For Maine Birds, which is working to enhance bird and other wildlife habitat throughout Maine using forest management practices. Learn more about wildlife and wildlife habitat in Maine on their website. 

 

MAINE FOREST SERVICE

The Maine Forest Service provides many tools focused on protecting the state's forest resources for many generations to come. They even have a vast list of resources for woodlot owners that provides information on forest management, forest health, forest protection, rules and regulations, and more. Be sure to check out their Be Woods Wise program that provides free advice for woodland owners. 

Learn from your neighbors with Maine Forest Service's Profiles of Woodland Stewardship to see examples of how other Maine landowners have incorporated stewardship activities on their land. 

 

Maine woodland owners

Maine Woodland Owners - formerly Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM) - works with woodland owners throughout Maine to promote stewardship of Maine's natural resources, provide information for better forest management, and education and advocate for Maine's woodland owners.

Check out SWOAM's extensive collection of landowner resources that covers topics such as forest insects, forest management, forest threats, land trusts, legislation, succession planning, wildlife, and more.

 

Tree growth tax law program

The state of Maine has a current use program known as the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law program that makes it more affordable to be a woodland owner. 

 

Maine Tree Farm Program

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is the oldest and largest forest conservation, certification, and advocacy program in the United States. Learn more about the Maine Tree Farm Program and the benefits of joining.