Forest Inventory Growth Training

  • April 11, 2015
    5:00 am - 10:30 am

This event will be starting that the Land Trust offices at 108 Maine Street, Brunswick. Then moving out to the field around lunch 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!

An April 11th workshop will teach educators and community members how to become citizen scientists who can document changes in the forest over time. 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.

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.
  • 2.7 CEU’s are available in addition to a certificate of completion!

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 – data graphics, comparisons and applications to various science and math lessons.

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 stewardship programs coordinator, Associate Director, Caroline Eliot Dress for outdoor forestry explorations and please bring a lunch. We’ll provide hot drinks and a light refreshment. 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: $40/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 are now planning to accept registrations on the day of the event. But if you plan to attend, please let us know.




277 Pleasant Hill Rd, Brunswick, Maine, 04011, United States