Join Tin Mountain Director and forester, Dr Michael Cline for the Tin Mountain Nature Course, Timber Cruising on Thursday, November 15, 6 PM through 9 PM at the Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road, and Field Session, Saturday, November 17 from 9 AM through 1 PM on the Bear Paw Lands in Conway. This is a great opportunity for landowners to learn methods to size up their woodlots for the timber that is growing and the wildlife that live there. Participants will learn the basics of forestry, the tools and equipment used to measure trees and forest stands, as well as to recognize different types of forest stands.

The information gathered during a timber cruise can be extensive or targeted to particular interests. Participants will learn different methods of collecting forest inventory information; including point sampling and fixed area plots and the basic terminology used to describe forest stand conditions.  Also, different tools of the trade will be on hand including a cruising prism, diameter tape, clinometer, and compass. Participants that complete this classroom and field session will have the basic knowledge to understand the steps involved in performing a timber cruise and interpreting the results. At the very least, landowners who cut firewood on their property or do their own timber stand improvement will be able to make informed choices. The cost is $10/member, $15/non-member for BOTH sessions. Reservations are requested.

Tin Mountain’s Nature Program Series is sponsored in part by L.L. Bean, and the Evenor Armington Foundation. Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit environmental education organization providing an appreciation of hands-on programs throughout the greater Mount Washington Valley. To learn more, visit, or call 447-6991. You can also friend Tin Mountain on Facebook.