WHAT IS Forestry for Maine Birds?
Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) integrates bird conservation with forest management and planning by:
- Improving habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species,
- Engaging woodland owners in forest stewardship,
- Working alongside other forest management goals, and
- Enhancing the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands for many generations to come.
FFMB works with three key audiences:
Landowners, who have the potential to create high-quality bird habitat on their woodlands by managing “with birds in mind.”
Foresters, who have the expertise to create management plans that consider what habitat birds need and how to create it over the long-term.
Loggers, who implement forest management plans and can improve habitat for birds in how they operate equipment and manage work sites.
FFMB is a cooperative effort led by Maine Audubon in partnership with the Maine Forest Service, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Forest Stewards Guild. The program was adapted from initial work done in Vermont by Vermont Audubon and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Rather than focusing just on Northern Hardwood forests as did Vermont, the Maine team adapted and expanded the Vermont program to address bird habitat needs in four different forest types – Oak/Pine, Northern Hardwood, Northern Mixedwood, and Northern Softwood.