Litchfield students learn about timber harvest

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Emily Larrabee, second from left, Lillian Hooper and Emma Berube take a close look at a hemlock slab during a timber harvest field trip at Smithfield Plantation in Litchfield on Friday. Smithfield trustee David Larrabee, right, and volunteers who work within the forestry field hosted 100 fourth grade students from Carrie Ricker School. Students got to see firsthand how a timber harvest site is managed by talking with Maine forest rangers, a logger and a sawmill operator. Students from Sabattus, Litchfield and Wales visit Smithfield at least twice during the school year, once for vernal pool day, once for forestry day and occasionally during a timber harvest. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Aiva Dorman, left, and Emma Berube watch a portable sawmill in action during a timber harvest field trip at Smithfield Plantation in Litchfield on Friday. Smithfield trustees and volunteers who work within the forestry field hosted 100 fourth grade students from Carrie Ricker School. Students got to see firsthand how a timber harvest site is managed by talking with Maine forest rangers, a logger and sawmill operator Jim Cunliffe. Students from Sabattus, Litchfield and Wales visit Smithfield at least twice during the school year, once for vernal pool day, once for forestry day and occasionally during an active timber harvest. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Students follow logger Richard Taylor and Pat Sirois of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Program into a working forest during a timber harvest field trip at Smithfield Plantation in Litchfield on Friday. Smithfield trustees and volunteers who work within the forestry field hosted 100 fourth grade students from Carrie Ricker School. Students got to see firsthand how a timber harvest site is managed by talking with Maine forest rangers, a logger and a sawmill operator. Students from Sabattus, Litchfield and Wales visit Smithfield at least twice during the school year, once for vernal pool day, once for forestry day and occasionally during an active timber harvest. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Pat Sirois of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Program talks with fourth-grade students about how a logger approaches and cuts a tree during a timber harvest field trip at Smithfield Plantation in Litchfield on Friday. Smithfield trustees and volunteers who work within the forestry field hosted 100 fourth grade students from Carrie Ricker School. Students got to see firsthand how a timber harvest site is managed by talking with Maine forest rangers, a logger and a sawmill operator. Students from Sabattus, Litchfield and Wales visit Smithfield at least twice during the school year, once for vernal pool day, once for forestry day and occasionally during a timber harvest. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

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