News from the Committee
Holt Forest Hosts Annual Conservation Commission Field Trip
The Conservation Commission held its annual field trip at Arrowsic’s Holt Research Forest in November. Commission members and other townsfolk, totaling 22, toured the property, led by University of Maine School of Forest Resources associate scientist Jack Witham and research assistant Clarke Cooper, both Arrowsic residents.
Parts of the 300-acre forest were farmed from the late 1600s to the 1940s. The Holt family bought the property in 1941, added several parcels afterward, and, in 1981, offered it to the University of Maine for research. In 1983, the project began in earnest with the pursuit of forest management and research goals. Witham has been managing the forest and its research program from the beginning.