AUGUSTA — The Maine Timber Analysis and Environmental Training Basis’s (Maine TREE) annual Forests of Maine Lecturers’ Excursions started Tuesday, July 12 in Maine’s western mountains. In its twenty fifth 12 months, the nationally acclaimed excursions, which different states have since emulated, are a four-day skilled growth program for Maine educators to expertise and find out about Maine’s forests. Two excursions will happen in 2022, from July 12-15 primarily based in Carrabassett Valley and from July 26-29 primarily based in Bethel.
Headlining the checklist of supporters, the lead underwriters for the 2022 Forests of Maine Lecturers’ Excursions are Farm Credit score East, Seven Islands Land Firm, Stratton Lumber, Inc., and Hancock Lumber. Farm Credit score East is a part of the Farm Credit score System, a nationwide agricultural community offering credit score and affiliated companies to these in agriculture and associated industries throughout the US. Based in 1964 in Bangor, Maine, Seven Islands Land Firm manages the Pingree Household timberlands in northern and western Maine. Stratton Lumber is a state-of-the-art spruce/fir lumber mill in Stratton. Hancock Lumber operates high-efficiency sawmills, lumberyards, element manufacturing amenities, and full-service kitchen design showrooms.
Throughout this immersive expertise, educators from across the state will be a part of Maine TREE workers and volunteers to be taught forest-based actions for college students of all ages and the strategies of rising, harvesting, and processing forest merchandise. Every tour options stops the place foresters, loggers, and different professionals share their course of and expertise working in Maine’s woods. As well as, contributors on the Carrabassett Valley-based tour will go to Stratton Lumber Firm’s mill, and contributors on the Bethel-based tour will go to a Hancock Lumber mill.
“Maine TREE’s staff is extremely enthusiastic about this 12 months’s tour to attach educators with assets that can promote forest-based schooling within the classroom. This immersive expertise permits us for instance the significance of the financial, ecological, and social well being of Maine’s forest communities, a key element of our mission. We’re proud to have the help of Farm Credit score East, Seven Islands Land Firm, Hancock Lumber, and Stratton Lumber, Inc. as underwriters for this 12 months’s program. We’re additionally grateful to all our sponsors and supporters who assist make this annual program potential,” stated Logan Johnson, Maine TREE’s govt director.
Based in 1989, Maine TREE’s mission is to teach and advocate for the sustainable use of the forest and the ecological, financial, and social well being of Maine’s forest neighborhood. Maine TREE gives skilled growth coaching for educators by Maine Mission Studying Tree and Forests of Maine’s Lecturers’ Excursions to develop forest-based schooling alternatives in Maine school rooms.