Maine Woodland Owners will host the fourth annual Forestry Forum on Wednesday, January 15, at the Augusta Civic Center during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Over 300 woodland owners, forestry professionals, government officials and conservationists are expected to attend. The public event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Maine Woodland Owners’ annual meeting.

Keynote speaker Bernd Heinrich, a professor emeritus in the biology department at University of Vermont, has written more than 20 books about the Maine woods, nature and biology. His most recent book, “White Feathers: The Nesting Lives of Tree Swallows,” will be released in January and will be available for purchase at the event.

Nancy Olmstead, invasive-plant biologist with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, will introduce the new Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide. Allison Kanoti, state entomologist, will provide the latest information about the emerald ash borer infestation in Maine and highlight some of the other pests and diseases that presently affect woodlands in the state or may in the future.

Josh Henry, Ph.D., CEO of GO Lab, will speak about his company’s recently opened plant, which manufactures products from wood residuals at a former paper mill in Madison.

Ivan Fernandez, Ph.D., distinguished Maine professor in the Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, will begin the afternoon session with information about the impacts of climate change on Maine’s woodlands. His work has focused on how to accommodate current and anticipated changes and how to identify and promote new ecological and economic opportunities that the inevitable change will provide.

A catered lunch of pizza and salad will be available for purchase in the meeting room. Door prizes and a silent auction will be available throughout the day.

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