Our Programs : Maine Tree Farm
More than 80,000 Mainers own millions of Maine's forested acres as small woodlots. Click on underlined words to link to more information. Only about 3,000 of these individuals are active in either the Maine Tree Farm program or SWOAM (Small Woodland Owners Association of
Maine). Few woodland owners take advantage of professional forestry expertise to help them plan for integration of all the natural resources present in their woodlands. Lack of awareness and planning sometimes leads to poor resource management decision making. Our first step in addressing this education and awareness need was to survey and subsequently understand the real and perceived barriers preventing more professional planning for these smaller woodland properties.
With support from the Maine TREE Foundation, both Maine Tree Farm Committee,
The American Tree Farm System
and SWOAM are expanding the ways in which they
assist small landowners. Maine TREE is providing significantly increased administrative support to the Tree Farm Committee as well as administering a pilot program of subsidized inspections of tree farms. Maine TREE is also supporting the SWOAM Forester Program which makes a forester available to work with any small woodlot owner to learn about the economic and environmental benefits of long-term forest management. A handbook and video co-sponsored by Maine TREE and SWOAM will compliment the work of the forester and be a reference for the landowner.