Future Forests of Coastal Maine

The forests of Maine are experiencing many changes, including warming temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, tree pests, and abundant deer. How will the forests of Maine respond to these pressures? Which tree species will thrive and which may decline? To answer these questions and foster the future forests of coastal Maine, Schoodic Institute, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, and Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District are conducting a research experiment at four conservation areas from Belfast to the Schoodic Peninsula. We have planted different tree species with current and predicted habitat in the region, and will be following seedling growth and survival over the next several years. Results from the experiment will inform land stewardship here and across the region.