UNITY, Maine — Have you ever wanted to learn more about how you can support the health of the Maine woods you love? Perhaps you cherish the sight of steam rising from the back of a working ox in the autumn air, or you’ve envisioned yourself holding the lines behind a powerful team of draft horses as you harvest firewood from the forest.
For stewards of a small – or large – Maine woodlot who would like to safely develop a set of skills to cut and harvest wood products in an ecologically sound tradition, MOFGA’s Low-Impact Forestry Workshop is a must. Participants start the weekend with an introduction to low-impact forestry principles with the Maine Forest Service, then choose a hands-on, specialized track for the rest of the weekend: draft animal logging, mechanical logging or chainsaw safety. For homeowners, farmers and loggers who operate a chainsaw at least once a year, the gift of two days with a safety expert will offer skills to reduce your risk and likely lengthen your life expectancy! Participants working with draft and mechanical logging will have plenty of hands-on time with professional loggers and teamsters who will impart the initial building blocks necessary for working safely in the woods with horses, oxen and/or small-scale mechanical equipment.
Participants are invited to stay on the campus of MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity for the duration of the workshop. The MOFGA kitchen will provide delicious local and organic meals throughout the weekend. There is nothing quite like a good donut, hot cup of tea or home-cooked meal with a superb group of new friends after a brisk November day in the woods.
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