Silvicultural Advisory Committee


  • In 1986 as part of implementation of the 1985 Integrated Resource Policy


The Advisory Committee includes members with expertise and long experience in:

  • Timber Management
  • Wildlife
  • Environmental issues

Meets annually for a two-day field trip designed to:

  • Examine recent and older silvicultural activities conducted by the Bureau
    • At areas where current conditions make uncertain the best course of management
    • Or where field staff is proposing a departure from more common silvicultural practices.
  • Serve as training for Bureau field staff, and as expert review of our timber management program, implementation, and results.

Infrequently provides expert opinion when Bureau silviculture, proposed or completed, has raised controversy among some stakeholders.


Member Title
Sidney Balch Forester with long experience, mostly in western Maine with industry and with New England Forestry Foundation, now semi-retired but active in forestry.
Doug Denico Director, Maine Forest Service
Malcolm Hunter, Jr. Libra Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Maine
William Leak Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Christopher Nichols Vice President, Seven Islands Land Company
William Patterson Northern Maine Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
James Runyon Forester with long experience in Downeast Maine, mainly with forest industry in wood procurement, now semi-retired but active in forestry
Robert Seymour Curtis Hutchins Professor of Forest Resources, University of Maine


Committee Tour in 2012

Location: Eastern Region

Two Themes:

  1. Ideas for pine management on day one
  2. Ways to improve composition in low quality hardwood stands on day two

Day One

The group visited the recently completed thinning for low-density pine management done on the Donnell Pond Unit as part of the Division's Outcome Based Forestry projects. Pines were thinned to 70-80 quality stems per acre and the best will be pruned to 17 feet in 2013, so that the faster growth on trees released from competition will be high-value clear wood. At Machias River we looked at red pine plantations on relatively infertile soils. These need to be thinned, both to increase the modest growth rates and to release the white pine which is coming in underneath. Lastly, we considered some younger pine-rich stands at Bradley, where the proposed treatment is similar to the low-density pine management at Donnell, but implemented on smaller and younger trees.

Day Two

Began on the south end of the Seboeis Unit, inspecting small circular patchcuts done in low-quality hardwoods 12-13 years earlier, with the objective of securing regeneration less dominated by beech. Results were variable, with some patches holding the desired birch and maple and some with beech the major species. From there we traveled to a stand created by a circa-1980 clearcut in hardwoods, done on a tract acquired by the State in 1984. Here we discussed the need for (and feasibility of) a first commercial thinning. Some areas appear like they would benefit, while some are not yet ready for a harvest. We then looked at some larger patchcuts, 2-4 acres, done within the past year, and with retention trees left within the cut areas. These seemed to garner general approval as being more likely to succeed than the much smaller ones viewed earlier. Our last stop was where an under-canopy application of herbicide was conducted using skidder-mounted equipment in August of 2011. A low rate of glyphosate was applied in order to selectively control beech without harming sugar maple or softwoods. For the most part, this appears to have been very successful, though the full outcome cannot be known for several years. Revisits to this location and to the low-density pine areas in a few years were highly recommended by committee members.

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For more information contact:

Tom Charles
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04330
(207) 287-7271