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www.northmainewoods.org 19 After a hearty breakfast camp days begin with a brief overview of the days objectives in the rustic indoor classroom and then its straight out to the work site by vehicle on foot and in one instanceby canoe Upon returning from fieldwork students compile and analyze their daily data and generate reports via generator-powered computers. A camp cooklab technician helps keep the logistics of feeding and transport covered so the instructor can assist with studies. Field experiences emphasize hands-on application of skills and directly connect to a variety of topics covered during the previous semesters courses. In one lab on a ridge overlooking Round Pond students study forest soils and landscape features and the relationship they have to species composition and forest productivity. In a second lab students assess the survival rates of spruce seedlings in a young plantation and exam- ine the impact that natural vegetation may be having on seedling growth. Time is also spent assessing older forests and determining how to best manage them to improve growth rates wood quality and overall forest health. The applied lab activities and unique setting challenge students to practice collaborative teamwork and problem solving skills very important for navigating todays job markets. During the week instructors provide multiple opportunities to observe the forestry practices of landowners within the North Maine Woods including Irving Woodlands and The Nature Conservancy TNC. Landowner presentations are aimed at providing a balanced view of industrial forest practices stewardship and conservation. Students learn about Irvings intensive tree planting and thinning programs as well as other forestry practices which emphasize efficient wood production. A tour of the Nature Conservancy TNC properties provides another perspective of forestry practices. TNC manages for timber production as well but typically does not employ such intensive forestry measures. Instead emphasis is on promoting natural regeneration and many of their forestry activities not only focus on growing trees for forest products but also on maintaining and improving wildlife habitat for such species as the Canada lynx. Since the first course offering in 2004 the NMW field forestry camp experience has become an anticipated and memorable benchmark event. Camp philosophy seems to have evolved into Work hard play a little and build an awesome fire. One en- A Community Atmosphere A Global Perspective umfk.eduforestry1-888-879-8635 Study forestry at the doorstep of the North Maine Woods tire afternoon is dedicated to canoeing down the Allagash and across Round Pond. From there participants climb to the fire tower on Round Pond Mountain. For those who fish a couple of hours on the Allagash is rewarding. When work is done each evening campfire discussions turn to comparisons of summer internships hunting fishing boating and stories of woods ex- periences. For some students the time spent at forestry camp deep in the North Maine Woods is the highlight of their educa- tion at UMFK. RECOVERING A FORGOTTEN FOREST Your reliable source for river reclaimed wood maineheritagetimber.com 207 723-9200