Forest Inventory Growth Training 2016

  • May 7, 2016
    5:00 am - 10:30 am


Please contact if you are interested in attending in the fall.

Part of our Local Look at Climate Change Series, this hands-on workshop will teach educators and community members how to become citizen scientists who can document changes in the forest over time.

Have you ever wanted to learn about your woods in more detail?

Are you interested in seeing and documenting changes from year to year?

Are you curious how foresters inventory forests throughout Maine?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have an excellent workshop for you!

The Land Trust is considering how it will make decisions about the future management of many of its forested lands, and is looking to local students and citizen scientists to help gather the data needed to make effective management decisions.

Citizen Science has increasingly become a way for people to engage in understanding the health of local ecosystems, and add valuable data to regional and global databases. As more people examine natural phenomena and record and share information, we gain better understanding of the world. An increasing number of scientific inquiries now depend on contributions from ordinary people to help them answer important questions.

The Forest Inventory Growth project  was developed by forestry professionals, University of Maine professors, and high school science teachers as a means to collect information year after year about the health of forests, and to determine how forests are changing over time. From long-term data sets, foresters model and predict future change to make informed decisions about how to manage forests for ecological health and economic productivity. Learn more about this important program at

The Land Trust is partnering with Project Learning Tree to engage local students, community members, and forestry professionals in gathering data about the changing state of the forests at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick.

Participants will learn how to establish and set up a permanent forest research plot, collect data, and make the information available for long-term studies.

This event is part of our ongoing series, A Local Look at Our Changing Climate, in collaboration with the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA). This series explores the local impacts of a changing climate, as well as local solutions and adaptations as seen by your neighbors and in your own back yard.

We will be creating a Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) plot at Crystal Spring Farm. This plot will allow local students and others to gather data that can be compared over time, and state-wide with other FIG plots.

  • All participants will receive the Project Learning Tree, Focus on Forest guide
  • Training and curriculum are fully aligned with the Maine Learning Results.
  • A Certificate of Completion noting 6 contact hours will be available to all.

Workshop fee: $50/person – scholarships may be available

Attendees will learn how to establish and set up a permanent forest study plot, collect and enter data and store the information for long-term studies.

For teachers – Build your curriculum with field based data collection with diverse cross-curriculum applications. Training and curriculum are fully aligned with the Maine Learning Results. A Certificate of Completion noting 6 contact hours will be available to all. Check out the online curriculum on the FIG website. Download a FIG Training_Announcement for Teachers here.

For volunteers – collect long term forestry data for your Land Trust as a means toward understanding forest changes over time.

For landowners and lovers of woods – gain a greater appreciation for the forests around your home and community.

This training is a partnership between the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Project Learning Tree

 This workshop launches an authentic citizen-science project in the forests of Crystal Spring Farm, allowing local students, community members, and forestry professionals to gather valuable data that can be compared over time and with other FIG plots in Maine.

Maine is the most forested state in the nation with 89% forest cover. Our forests help to keep our watersheds healthy and offer many rich and diverse landscapes.

Maine Project Learning Tree offers outdoor forestry programs that promote environmental stewardship and awareness.

Join this hands-on workshop to learn about the FIG program and how it uses data to stimulate inquiring minds and provide valuable information about our community’s forested areas.

The workshop will address tree identification, forest health indicators, invasive species threats, and other issues relevant to our region.

Facilitators/presenters: Kevin Doran, Ed.D., Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service and Pat Maloney, Maine Project Learning Tree Coordinator will lead this session which includes a presentation by BTLT’s Outreach & Education Coordinator, Lee Cataldo. Dress for outdoor forestry explorations and please bring a lunch.  All participants will receive the Project Learning Tree Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forest module plus the Maine Forest Service Trees of Maine book.

Workshop fee: $50/person

Registration required***

Please register  by sending your check (with workshop date in the memo line) to: Maine TREE Foundation, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04330

For further information contact:

Lee Cataldo: or 729 7694

Pat Maloney: or 626 7990

We will be meeting at the Masons’ lodge in Brunswick (directions below) for the classroom portion of the training and then walking across the street to CSF for the field work.


65 Baribeau Dr, Brunswick, Maine, 04011, United States