University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering a tree identification tour of Rines Forest in Cumberland, with Shane Duigan, District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, on Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rines Forest is part of a 900 acre contiguous block of un-fragmented forest habitat. The property is comprised of flat terrain and steep rolling hills interspersed with cascading streams. The diverse plant life includes hemlock, pine, red oak, birch, poplar, and maple, all of which serve as a perfect canopy for the forest’s wildlife population of deer, coyote, fox, ruffed grouse, turkey, snowshoe hare, fisher, porcupine, hawks, and owls.
This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Please call the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County at 800.287.1471 (in Maine) or 207.781.6099 before Wednesday, September 25.
This tour is an organized outing of the Maine Tree Club, an educational outreach program established by UMaine Extension, the Maine Forest Service, and Viles Arboretum. The club is designed to teach people, young and old, how to identify 50 trees of Maine over a two-year period; to teach participants how to best care for trees on their property and in their community; and to help people to better understand the importance of trees to Maine, their ecosystems and their economy.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099.