ABOUT : Meet the Partners

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Sarah Fuller
Program and Outreach Consultant
Kennebec Woodland Partnership
(207) 370-1581
kennebecwoodlandpartnership@gmail.com

Welcome!

Each member of the Kennebec Woodland Partnership contributes a distinct voice and expertise to the table. Together, we offer a wealth of information, tools, and strategies that can help keep Kennebec County’s forests and economy vibrant and healthy for the long term.

Please click on the links below to meet the Partners and learn how we can help you take part. We invite you to contact us with your thoughts and join us in sustaining Kennebec County’s woodlands.



Forest Society of Maine

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Forest Society of Maine
Jacob Metzler
Forestland Stewardship Manager
115 Franklin St. 3rd Floor
Bangor, ME 04401
(207)945-9200
jake@fsmaine.org
www.fsmaine.org
The Forest Society of Maine promotes the conservation of Maine’s forestlands to sustain the economic, ecological, cultural, and recreational values of the Maine woods. We joined the Kennebec Woodland Partnership because as a statewide land trust working to conserve the many values of forestlands, we felt that this effort could make a real difference in education and conservation of this valuable resource. We felt that our experience in working with towns and landowners on working forest conservation easements would be beneficial to and compatible with KWP and that we could provide insights into a variety of models to sustain the woodlands in Kennebec County. The Forest Society of Maine works specifically on conservation projects that continue to allow sustainable forest management to occur.

Center for Research on Sustainable Forests

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Center for Research on Sustainable Forests
Jessica E. Leahy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
241 Nutting Hall
Orono, ME 04469
207/581-2834 (phone)
jessica.leahy@maine.edu
http://www.forest.umaine.edu/faculty-staff/directory/jessica-leahy/
The mission of the Family Forest Program of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests at the University of Maine is to conduct applied scientific research and outreach that contributes to the sustainable management of Maine's family forests for desired products, services, and conditions in partnership with Maine's family forest stakeholders. We joined KWP because it is fundamentally rooted in collaboration, and brings together diverse interests who, despite apparent differences, all care deeply about keeping forests as forests. We enjoy participating in KWP because we are able to carry out meaningful research that informs KWP and its partners.

Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District

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Kennebec County Soil &
Water Conservation District

Dale Finseth
Executive Director
21 Enterprise Dr., Suite #1
Augusta, ME 04330
(207)622-7847 x3
dale@kcswcd.org
www.kcswcd.org
Our partnership is one way for Kennebec County Soil and Water to address its basic mission to protect and enhance soil and water quality in Kennebec County. Kennebec County is 12% surface water and more than two-thirds covered in forests. Sustaining woodlands and other land cover is essential to protecting and improving soils and water quality; for us it is a “no brainer” to support this initiative as part of our own conservation goals. The partnership’s relatively broad membership with its efforts to include local partners who manage woodlands for sustained harvests as well as partners who manage for habitat and other “non-production” goals seems the best way to realistically address the issue of “Sustaining Kennebec Woodlands.”

Kennebec Land Trust

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Kennebec Land Trust
Theresa Kerchner
Executive Director
PO Box 261
Winthrop, ME 04364
(207)377-2848
kennebeclandtrust@gmail.com
www.tklt.org
The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. KLT protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. KLT’s 4,000 acres of conservation land and 750 members represent 1% of our service area's population and land area. With the land and our mission in mind, we realized the importance of working with a broader set of conservation partners who share an interest in our region’s forests and the resources and functions they support.

Maine CDC Drinking Water Program

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Maine CDC Drinking Water Program
Andy Tolman
Assistant Director
286 Water Street, 3rd Floor
#11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
(207)287-6196
Andrews.I.Tolman@maine.gov
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/eng/water/
The Maine CDC Drinking Water Program believes in "working together for safe drinking water." As a member of the Kennebec Woodland Partnership, we are able to work together to promote sound management of forests that protect our drinking water. The last ten years of landcover change in Kennebec County have been pretty dramatic. We can't continue to do that and survive. Efforts such as this partnership will help keep our drinking water safe and our landscape providing the services it naturally should.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources

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Maine Department of Agriculture,
Food & Rural Resources

Stephanie R. Gilbert
Farmland Protection Specialist
28 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0028
(207)287-7520
stephanie.gilbert@maine.gov
http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/index.shtml
Kennebec County is 70% forested, but it also contains close to 13% of its area in open lands and has a long history of agriculture. Many of the farms that the Maine Department of Agriculture works with have a woodlot attached. By working together in this partnership, we can help ensure that the right resources are getting to the right people and help craft policies that will affect the land in a positive way.

Maine Forest Service

Maine Forest Service
Maine Forest Service

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Mid-coast District Forester
536 Waldoboro Rd
Jefferson, Maine 04348
(207)441-2895
morten.moesswilde@maine.gov
www.maineforestservice.gov

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Landowner Outreach Forester
Maine Forest Service
22 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 287-8430
andrew.h.shultz@maine.gov
www.maineforestservice.gov
The Maine Forest Service’s primary mission is to help people make informed decisions about Maine’s forests. Partners are essential to accomplish our goals of education, assistance, and outreach. The Kennebec Woodland Partnership connects the growing network of people and organizations who care for and about the forests of Kennebec County, and beyond.

Maine Forest Products Council

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Maine Forest Products Council
Patrick Strauch
Executive Director
535 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
(207)622-9288
pstrauch@maineforest.org
www.maineforest.org
The Maine Forest Products Council represents approximately membership, 50-60% in northern Maine and 40-50% in the rest of the state. Kennebec County sits in the economic and political transition zone between northern and southern Maine. We support KWP’s outreach efforts to educate the public and landowners about working forests. Investment in land is good over the long run. One problem is that we don’t have a generation that understands you can hold onto land. We need to create that environment for future generations.

Maine Project Learning Tree

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Maine Project Learning Tree
Maine PLT Coordinator
153 Hospital Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
(207)626-7990
meplt@gwi.net
www.mainetreefoundation.org
The Maine SIC has seen the Kennebec Woodland Partnership materialize into an effort that can be effective in educating family forest owners about the opportunities that exist on their woodlots. We also support the theme of educating the public about all the benefits the forests can provide to society. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative's mission of outreach and education to the public as well as family forest owners is aligned well with that of KWP's, and we are excited to work with the partnership to further our mutual interest.

Maine State Implementation Committee of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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Maine SFI Implementation Committee
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Patrick Sirois
Maine's SIC Director
535 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
(207)622-9288
psirois@maineforest.org
The Maine SIC has seen the Kennebec Woodland Partnership materialize into an effort that can be effective in educating family forest owners about the opportunities that exist on their woodlots. We also support the theme of educating the public about all the benefits the forests can provide to society. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative's mission of outreach and education to the public as well as family forest owners is aligned well with that of KWP's, and we are excited to work with the partnership to further our mutual interest.

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

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Sebasticook Regional Land Trust
P.O. Box 184, 93 Main Street
Unity, ME 04988
(207)948-3766
jennifer@sebasticookrlt.org
http://sebasticookrlt.org/
Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT) works to recognize and conserve the rich wild and working landscape of the Sebasticook River Watershed. The largest tributary of the Kennebec River, the Sebasticook River watershed extends into five counties, one of which is Kennebec. For us, the Kennebec Woodland Partnership offers an exciting opportunity to work with a broad coalition of landowners and agencies to further the appreciation and conservation of the region’s forestlands so vital to our economy and Quality of Place. Working in partnership with willing landowners, SRLT has conserved 2,000 acres of productive forests and farmland through conservation easements and fee acquisition in the past five years. The culture of conservation promoted by the Kennebec Woodland Partnership will help accelerate the pace of land conservation in the region and allow a broader long-term impact than we can have working alone.

Small Wooland Owners Association of Maine

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Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine
Tom Doak
Executive Director
153 Hospital Street
P. O. Box 836
Augusta, ME 04332-0836
(207)626-0005
tom@swoam.org
www.swoam.org
SWOAM is the only statewide organization dedicated to supporting the interests of Maine’s small woodland owners. Maine's small woodland ownerships play a critical role in the protection of important wildlife habitats, provide the public with numerous recreational opportunities, and help to maintain much needed open space. SWOAM provides resources including producing a monthly newsletter, hosting more than 50 workshops per year, advocating for small woodland owners, and promoting the importance of small woodland ownerships in the state of Maine. We also have a statewide land trust that holds easement and fee lands on working forests. We have around 400 members in our Two Rivers chapter, which includes Kennebec County. SWOAM supports the partnership’s goal of reaching forestland owners that want to keep their land as forested land.

Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands

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The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands
Elizabeth Ollivier
Executive Director
41 Pineland Drive Suite 201A
New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 688-8195
eollivier@tcnef.org
www.tcnef.org
The Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands is a non-profit organization formed to administer the Northeast Master Logger Certification program with the broader goal of "enhancing the health of working forests through exceptional accountability" throughout the Northeast. The Trust supports exemplary forest professionals, landowners, and wood product manufacturing companies who are committed to responsible and accountable management of forest ecosystems. The Trust joined this partnership because KWP recognizes the value of the roles of a range of constituents in the county’s forest-based economy and community. Our primary interest is to keep forests as working forests, a forest that will support the logging community we know today by yielding wood products now and in the future.