Maine Woodland Owners land trust forester, Joe Hutton, at right, explains to woodland owners how to identify tree species commonly found in Maine forests. SUBMITTED PHOTO

FARMINGTON — Maine Woodland Owners hosted its first annual “Tree ID Day” on Saturday, June 1st, to promote the importance of knowing the names and characteristics of Maine’s most common forest trees. Maine Woodland Owners is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes stewardship of Maine’s small woodland resources by supporting good forest management and advocating for Maine’s small woodland owners. Events like Tree ID Day serve as an opportunity for woodland owners to be familiar with and better understand what is in their woods.

This tour was held at multiple Maine Woodland Owners Land Trust properties throughout the state including Clifford Woods, a 55-acre woodlot in Farmington. With field guides in hand, over a dozen individuals listened to Land Trust Forester, Joe Hutton, as he pointed out key species, including red maple, white ash, balsam fir, and of course Maine’s state tree, Eastern white pine, and explained ways to identify trees through bark and leaf characteristics, as well as their canopy shape.

Maine Woodland Owners Tree ID Day is held annually in late spring and is free and open to the public. There are several upcoming Maine Woodland Owners events planned through the year. For more information contact Jenn Hicks,, (207) 626-0005 or visit

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