Collaborators, Contributors, and Funders
The Woodland Steward Program is a collaborative effort under the leadership of the New England Forestry Foundation, Maine TREE Foundation, and Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. Modules were developed by Two Trees Forestry of Winthrop, Maine, and the website was designed by Oakleaf Studios in Old Town, Maine. We thank our funders – the Horizon Foundation, Davis Conservation Foundation and Natural Resources Conservation Service – for their very generous support for this program.
The Maine TREE Foundation was founded in 1989, and its role is to provide accurate information about the forest community of Maine. This goal is accomplished by developing and sponsoring education programs for schools, government, media, and the general public. Partnerships within the forest community and support programs for forest owners, workers, and users aid in the effort. The Foundation’s core programs include Long Term Education About Forests (LEAF), Project Learning Tree (PLT), the Maine Tree Farm Committee, and the Certified Logging Professional program.
The New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable management of private forestland throughout New England. They own over 135 community forests comprising more than 24,000 acres in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. They also hold over 135 conservation easements covering more than1,143,000 acres. Their two landscape-scale easements in Maine include the Pingree easement (762,000 acres) in northern and western Maine, and the Sunrise easement (312,000 acres) in eastern Maine. In sum, they have conserved more forested acres in New England than any other organization.
The Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM) was incorporated in 1975 as a non-profit organization by a group of private non-industrial woodland owners. Their primary purpose was to design a program to assist each other in learning how to manage their own woodlands. SWOAM also has a land trust program, which allows it to accept gifts of land and conservation easements. There are currently nine regional SWOAM chapters, each of which has appoints its own officers and conducts its own local educational programs. In total, they produce more than 50 workshops and events each year related to forest management in the state of Maine.
Harold and Lee Burnett collaboratively produced the modules' text. Harold's company, Two Trees Forestry, provides forest management planning, timber harvesting and woodlot appraisal assistance to Maine landowners. With over 25 years as a licensed forester, Two Trees is also a vocal and visible advocate for ethical and environmentally sustainable forestry, and embraces forest certification as a means of holding management practices against the highest industry standards.
Lee Burnett is the outreach coordinator for ForestWorks! and has more than two decades of newspaper experience at Journal Tribune and Maine Times and has written extensively about forestry issues, including clear-cutting referendums, liquidation logging, the 1947 Forest Fire, town forests, and land ownership changes. His freelance journalism career includes writing for radio, magazine, non-profit organizations and Web sites, and conducting book research and fact checking.
Oakleaf Studios is a web development, graphic design, and multi-media company based in Old Town, ME. Owned and managed by Pamela and Bryan Wells, their company focuses on quality services that meet their client’s needs. Pamela is a graphic designer and photographer whose photographs have appeared in National Geographic’s on-line gallery, several publications related to habitat management, and most recently, on the cover of the 2009 State of the Birds report presented by the U.S Secretary of the Interior. Bryan is a software engineer who has a passion regarding video and audio associated with remote sensing camera technology.
The Davis Conservation Foundation is a public charitable foundation established in 1989 by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support protection of the environment and conservation of our natural resources. The Davis Conservation Foundation’s broad purpose is to support the wise utilization, protection and advancement of our physical environment and the different natural forms of life that inhabit it, including wildlife, sea life and mankind as they are impacted by the environment.
The Horizon Foundation supports qualified non-profit organizations that affect positive change for children, the adults who work with them, and for those concerned with improving the communities in which they live. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable and livable communities by protecting and conserving land and water resources; educating children and adults about being good stewards of the environment; promoting vibrant, child-oriented arts; teaching respect for and preservation of historic assets; enabling children and adults to lead their communities in thoughtful, creative, and healthy ways; and encouraging service to others.
Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, such as climate change. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.