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Maine Forest Collaborative January Newsletter

Telstar's Final Presentation! 

Telstar High School has officially wrapped up their project on increasing sustainability in the Bethel area as their Environmental Policy class comes to a close! Buckfield's MFC class came to attend final presentations this month. We were lucky enough to get pizza donated from Pie Hole in Bethel thanks to two of our students connections! (Thank you Pie Hole and students!)

It was such a pleasure working with students at Telstar students and D Johannesen! Take a peek at their presentation here! After presentations, Buckfield shared more about their project, got some feedback on it, and then students brainstormed some bigger picture MFC ideas.

In the News

Mapping tools could help forest managers get ahead of invasive species 

There are ways to manage a lot of the species and limit the damage they do, but the key is early detection. The idea is if they can differentiate the disturbances, they can then create mapped products for forest managers to help verify which pest is causing the disturbances and find the leading edge.

Part of the workforce challenge is a demographic challenge 

Across the country, the forest products industry is facing labor challenges – simply put, we need more people logging, driving trucks, and working in the mills. Fortunately, there are existing and emerging programs to train workers, associations are working with students and educators to ensure they are exposed to the forest industry as a viable and rewarding career choice, and companies are experimenting with new ways to recruit and grow their teams. 

Atlantic salmon are rebounding in the Sandy River. Cold waters provide refuge as climate warms 

The Sandy River is an improbable salmon stream, because it's blocked by four dams. But biologists say the salmon population is growing in this tributary of the Kennebec River. And the river's cold water could provide a refuge for the endangered species as the climate warms.

Engagement Opportunity

Free Education Programs with Maine's Newest National Park Site!

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a recent addition to the National Park Service and was created to preserve the natural, cultural, and ecological resources associated with Maine’s North Woods. We are currently offering free National Park Service (NPS) programs designed especially for schools and youth groups. 

Free NPS Curriculum-based Programs Offered:

  • Ranger-Led Field Trips at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

  • Classroom Visits (within 45 miles of Patten, ME)

  • Distance Learning (Virtual Visits) 

Versant Power Astronomy Center Field Trip!

This year Maine will have a total solar eclipse on April 8th - the first time this has happened here in our state since 1963.

The planetarium in Orono has a variety of eclipse programs available for classes, available to book. See to request a visit and see a listing of all program offerings.

For Teachers

Educator Information Session: Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Community Science 

January 17th 3:30 to 4:30 ONLINE

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an invasive pest threatening Eastern hemlock forests across the Gulf of Maine watershed. This winter, join the growing network of thousands of youth, educators, and community members across the Northeast working to monitor for invasive pests and advance research into management options through project Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. In this session, we will discuss the research project, classroom resources, and how to get students involved. Recordings will be shared after the session. Learn more and register at 

Register your class for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid discussion series at  

Climate Education Essentials Course

Using our expertise in integrating climate education content across all subject matters and grade levels, SubjectToClimate has created three FREE professional development courses. These are designed to assist all teachers in beginning their climate education journey. Explore the courses below:

  • Level 0: Understanding Climate Change 

  • Level 0 will introduce the history and basic science of climate change, debunk common climate denial narratives, connect to environmental sustainability, species extinctions, and justice issues, and provide examples of the many solutions that exist. With a better understanding of how we affect the planet, teachers will be able to make more connections and help students feel empowered to make positive changes

  • Level 1: Teaching About Climate Change

  • Level 1 defines climate change education and provides entry points, approaches, and tools for teaching about climate across grade levels and disciplines. This course addresses common concerns and obstacles to teaching about climate change, while empowering teachers to become part of the global climate education movement

  • Level 2: Developing Climate Change Lessons

  • Level 2 was designed to guide K-12 teachers in all disciplines to craft climate lesson plans that easily integrate with their existing curricula. The primary goal of this course is to tap into teachers' expertise while providing them with professional guidance in developing the most useful climate change lesson plans

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