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Tenmile River Demonstration Forest Field Trip – “Managing Forests for the Future” – Friday, August 26 @ 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Join us on an exploration of Oxford County SWCD’s Tenmile River Demonstration Forest as we focus on the importance of forest management to conserve and enhance natural resources for the future. During this informal “walk n’ talk” style presentation participants will explore key areas of the Demo Forest, such as our old growth trees, marsh, Round Pond and Tenmile River, and learn about the importance of each for carbon storage, water filtration, wildlife habitat, and providing ecosystem services. Some of the topics that would be highlighted will be: the potential effects of climate change on Maine forests, forest management practices that enhance carbon storage, how forest soils sequester carbon, how forests protect water resources, and managing forests for habitat diversity and continuity.

Featured speakers will be: OCSWCD District Manager Michele Windsor, District Forester Mike Richard, and retired District Forester and MWO Western Maine Chapter President, Merle Ring.

This event is FREE. Please pre-register below so we know how many to expect and can contact you in case of rain cancelation. If you have any trouble registering, please contact Chantelle Hay at

Note: Parking will be ½ mi. east of the main entrance gate. Signage will direct
people to the parking area. Light refreshments will be provided. Ticks are abundant so use repellant. Masks are optional since we will be outdoors and well-spaced.
Directions to Tenmile River Demonstration Forest in Hiram/ Brownfield, ME:
From Fryeburg: From the intersection of Rt 302 and Rt 113/5, travel south on Rt 113/5 approx. 11.5 miles. Turn right on Notch Rd. and drive about 1.5 mi. Look for the sandwich board sign and turn right to get to the parking area, about 50 yds in on the right side.
From Hiram: From the intersection of Rt 117 and Rt 113/5 in Hiram, go north on Rt 113/5 for 1.8 miles. Turn left on Notch Rd. and drive about 1.5 miles. Look for the sandwich board sign and turn right to get to the parking area, about 50 yds in on the right side.

For further information or questions contact: Michele Windsor,

“Planting Greenery for Cleaner Water” – * Rescheduled* Saturday, August 13, 10am to Noon

Plants help protect the lake from stormwater runoff which can carry algae-feeding nutrients like phosphorous into the lake. Shoreline vegetation acts as a “buffer” to protect the lake by stabilizing soils and filtering nutrients. Participants will learn about the function and importance of buffers, retaining natural vegetation, and enhancing or creating an effective buffer. Plant selection for various site conditions and exposures as well as sources of planting material will be covered as well. The presentation will be led by Michele Windsor (OCSWCD) and will include a demonstration planting. Hosted by Diane and Richard Ray. Handouts on native plant choices will be provided.
Where: Canton Water District access road, Canton, ME.
Directions: From Route 108 (Turner St.) in Canton, turn west on Staples Hill Road, take an immediate right and drive past the park and boat launch, through the gate. Drive to the Water District facility and park. Look for the

To Register: This presentation is FREE, but please pre-register by contacting Michele Windsor at

All programs and activities of the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or family status, political belief, citizenship status, veteran’s status or disability.

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