BETHEL – The Western Maine chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine will hold its annual August field day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, at Arlan Jodrey’s Route 2 woodlot.

This year’s event will focus on managing for wildlife and will feature three speakers. Several management examples in Jodrey’s woodlot will be viewed and discussed throughout the morning session, which is open to everyone.

Veteran forester and bird enthusiast Fred Huntress will talk about bird management and habitat. State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Jeff Williams will lead a general wildlife discussion, which will include tying forest types in management plans to wildlife management. State forester Merle Ring and Jodrey will lead a tour and discussion of the history and management of the woodlot that abuts Gould Academy’s forest, and the woodlot’s multiple-use trail system.

The event marks the 30th anniversary of SWOAM, and the midmorning coffee break will feature a birthday cake. The session opens with coffee, doughnuts and muffins at 8:30 a.m. The site is a quarter-mile west of the Routes 5 and 35 intersection on Route 2. SWOAM signs will mark the turnoff. Jodrey’s 100-acre woodlot earned him Tree Farmer of the Year honors in 2002.

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