“From the Woodlot to the Woodshed,” on Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to noon, is a course designed for landowners who have a woodlot and are interested in harvesting their own firewood. This workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson will cover the basics of home firewood production, from the selection of wood species, the cutting a number of different diameters of wood, and hand and mechanical splitting, to storage and drying options for the homeowner. The course is offered through the Maine Organics Farmers and Growers Association, in partnership with Midcoast Conservancy.
With nearly 1,000 acres of contiguous forest, Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center offers an immense natural and educational resource in Midcoast Maine. A small forestry crew applies innovative practices under the direction of a certified consulting forester on about 15 acres each year. Its management is designed to enhance the value of timber, wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation. The goal is to produce a healthier, more valuable crop of trees for the future and to improve the forest quality; everything done there can be applied to woodlots small or large.
The workshop is $75, and $60 for members of MOFGA or Midcoast Conservancy. To register, go to hmofga.org/mofga-events/home-firewood-production-basics.