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It is estimated that 89% of Hancock County is forested.


If you own a woodlot and are interested in learning about opportunities to actively manage your property for your own personal objectives, this is a course you should attend. Woodlot owners in Maine manage their woodlots for a number of different reasons: aesthetics, firewood, maintaining the health and value, recreation, wildlife, and forest products. Steve MacDonald, a forester with Prentiss & Carlisle, and Sandra Walczyk with the Maine Forest Service will facilitate the course and organize presentations from a number of experienced foresters with different backgrounds.  

The information and contacts you gain from this course will help you make decisions on how to sustainably manage your woodlot for years to come. The class will meet at Sumner High School. This is a free course sponsored by the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District and Prentiss & Carlisle. The class will start sometime in September and run for 8 weeks, meeting one evening a week. The exact date of the class has not be set, but if you are interested in attending this course contact Steve MacDonald at 207-949-8294 or
dmacdonald@prentissandcarlisle.com to be added to a list of interested participants.  You will be contacted as soon as a start date for the class is set and a schedule of topics has been organized.


Where to get help:
Maine Forest Service- schedule a free woodland meeting with your District Forester and get professional advice on your woodlands.  Find Your District Forester or click here to go to the Maine Forest Service's website
Natural Resources Conservation Service- provides management information and funding for woodland practices including funding Forest Management Plans, thinning, and crop tree release practices.  Natural Resources Conservation Service's contact information or the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Service website

Forestland Owner Resources:
National Association of State Foresters Stewardship Handbook
Forest Trees of Maine Identification Guide
Tree Growth Tax Law Information
Best Management Practices for Forestry Manual
Informational Sheets on Forestry Practices, Rules, and Regulations
Database of Consulting Foresters
The Woods in Your Backyard: A Homeowner's Guide

Invasive Forest Insects



All programs and services of the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory bases without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.  Persons who require alternative means of communication of program information should contact USDA’s Target Center at (207) 720-2600.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W Whitten Bldg. 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (292) 720-5964.