Forester workshops announced

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BROWNFIELD — The Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a workshop for professional foresters entitled “Forest Carbon Management and Carbon Inventory – What A Forester Needs To Know,” on Wednesday and Friday, May 5 and 7.

Classroom instruction will be held at the Brownfield Community Center, 90 Main St. The field portion will be held at the OCSWCD woodlot, also in Brownfield.

The workshops will provide classroom instruction in current guidelines and standards for forest carbon inventory methods and management options, cruise set-up, management plan decision making, forest carbon modeling process and results, economic analysis, cost share programs and forest carbon markets.

Field time will include a review of carbon inventory methods and practice, carbon silviculture in select stands, trade-offs and carbon decision tools for forest managers and landowners.

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Speakers will be Dr. John Gunn, senior program leader, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; Dr. David Saah, principal, Spatial Informatics Group; Steve Gettle LPF, consulting forester; Andy Shultz, landowner outreach forester, Maine Forest Service; Jeff Meserve and Merle Ring, OCSWCD; Peter Marcinuk, resource conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Jan Santerre, Project Canopy, Maine Forest Service. Continuing education credits will be available for participating foresters.

A registration form and agenda are available at www.oxfordswcd.net or by calling 743-5789, ext. 1. Space is limited and preregistration is required. The cost is $25, payable by check, cash or PayPal. Lunch will be provided.

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