WEST PARIS — Donald E. Feeney, Maine licensed professional forester, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the West Paris Library.

Feeney is the Oxford Hills District manager for New England Forestry Consultants, Inc. The organization, NEFCo., provides forestry management services to small and large woodland owners, conservation organizations and hunting clubs.

NEFCo.’s mission is to encourage a healthy forest environment for timber production, wildlife, recreation and water quality.

Feeney, of Bryant Pond, has been a professional forester since 1987, and his family has been involved in Maine forests for four generations. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.

He is a hunter safety instructor (25 years), and is a member of the Maine Forests Products Council (25 years). Feeney is also a Master Maine Guide, and for 18 years he taught Life & Earth Sciences at Gould Academy, where a winter camping expedition was a memorable adventure for his students.

As a consultant, Feeney advises land owners how to be good stewards of their woodlands, teaching them the best forestry practices. At the library, he will talk about the responsibilities not only of landowners, but also those who recreate in the woods and those who simply appreciate the woods’ aesthetics, to each other, to wildlife habitats and to the forest itself. The presentation will include a time for answering questions.

The evening is being sponsored by the Celebrate the Maine Woods partnership in West Paris, including the Arthur L. Mann Memorial Library, the Agnes Gray School, the West Paris Historical Society and the Maurice G. Benson Forest.

Celebrate the Maine Woods is a year-long, statewide collaboration to promote the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Maine’s forests.

This is one of several scheduled events to celebrate Winter in the Maine Woods and is hosted by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call the library at 674-2004. For more information about Celebrating the Maine Woods, visit www.mainewoodsforever.org.

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