The Maine Forest Service hosts webinars the third Friday of every month. These are listed on our Calendar of Events.

April 15, 2022: Wildfire Prevention on Woodlots

Presenter: Kent Nelson, MFS's Forest Ranger Specialist

He discusses ways you can reduce the likelihood of wildfires from occurring on your woodlot and near your homes. There are things you can do that will also help the responding fire department / Forest Rangers in the event of a wildfire.

May 20, 2022: Tree Planting and Mycorrhizal Fungi - How to Best Improve Soil Organisms for Shade Tree Vigor

Presenter: Anne Pringle, Ph.D., L&S Mary Herman Rubinstein and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Pringle discusses the importance of mycorrhizal fungi to tree vigor, if store purchased soil additives really work, soil transplants and invasive fungi. Dr. Pringle will highlight experiments trying to identify ways to improve urban and shade tree vigor.

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June 17, 2022: Overview of Beech Leaf Disease

Presenter: Cameron McIntire, Plant Pathologist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH and Aaron Berghdal, Plant Pathologist with the Maine Forest Service, Forest Health and Monitoring Division.

Mr. McIntire and Mr. Berghdal provide updates on the current situation of Beech Leaf Disease in Maine.

July 15, 2022: Maine's Wildfire Weather Program

Presenters: Regional Forest Ranger Joe Mints and Forest Ranger Dan Perkins

Rangers Mints and Perkins highlight Maine Forest Service's fire weather program and how predictive services are used for wildfire potential. They also provide a behind the scenes look at what goes into delivering a fire danger classification, how a fire danger classification impacts fire response, and what weather factors influence fire spread.

September 9, 2022: Overview of Winter Moth Biological Control

Presenter: Dr. Joe Elkinton, University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Dr. Elkinton will provide an overview of current efforts to understand and promote biological control of winter moth (Operophtera brumata). Winter moth is an invasive moth species causing coastal hardwood tree and forest damage and mortality in Maine. For more than a decade it caused more extensive impacts in eastern Massachusetts, eventually spreading to Rhode Island and Connecticut. In those states, winter moth is now largely under control thanks to natural enemies and the work of the Elkinton Lab and their cooperators.