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Resources for Foresters

FFMB guidebook coverThe Forestry for Maine Birds Guidebook (pdf) will provide foresters and landowners with background about the program, details on specific species we are targeting for conservation, desired habitat conditions, and silvicultural recommendations to achieve those habitat conditions.

Below we have pulled out and created PDFs of  pages from the Forester’s Guidebook that may be helpful to share with landowners or include as attachments in a completed forest management plan.

20 Species of Conservation Priority Information Sheets

Four Forest Habitat Type Descriptions

FFMB Forester’s Guide Forms and Tables

For help working with loggers on ensuring their operations are also done “with birds and other wildlife in mind” please refer to  The Logger’s Guide to Forestry for Maine Birds (available here as a PDF) or email to request printed copies.

Here you may find a template for completing the biodiversity section of an NRCS CAP plan that incorporates fish- and wildlife-friendly habitat features into a management plan. This template can also be incorporated into a Maine Forest Service Be Woods Wise stewardship or management plan. And here is a presentation on instructions for contracting CAP plans.

And here is a crosswalk of desired habitat features and specific NRCS practices that can be used to
enhance or create those features.

You may also be interested in reviewing the Focus Species Forestry manual for additional ideas on how to conserve overall biodiversity in your woodland along with managing for timber.  The approach is similar to Forestry for Maine Birds in that it focuses on managing the forest in ways that benefit a few Focus Species that are  representative of many other species that use similar forest types, habitats, and forest features, but includes other species besides birds.
By providing adequate habitat for the full suite of focus species, many other components of biodiversity will benefit as well. By focusing on a few important species, biodiversity management can become an interesting, educational, and routine part of everyday forest management.
You can find the Focus Species Forestry manual here.