2018 Spruce-Fir Session

2018 Spruce-Fir Session

Agenda, Presentations (below) and Class Picture
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Welcome, Institute Overview and Introductions—Doug Denico, Carrie Sweeney, Charlie Levesque, and Karen Bennett

The spruce–fir forest type: using knowledge of species, stand dynamics, and land-use history to inform silviculture

Economics of the Spruce-Fir ForestMindy Crandall

Spruce and Fir: Forest Health ConcernsAllison Kanoti

Thursday, June 14, 2018, Field Trip

Field trip leaders:

Planned field stops:

1.) Unmanaged (reference) stand: Forest type, natural disturbances

2.) Even-aged silviculture: managed (shelterwood) regeneration (C23): Importance of advance regeneration

Even-aged silviculture: unmanaged regeneration (C22): Natural development and Rehabilitation treatments

3.) Even-aged silviculture: density management and production forestry (C23, CTRN): Precommercial thinning and Commercial thinning


4) Multi-aged silviculture: reverse-J structure (C 16, 17): Controlling species composition under an overwood; Importance of CWD; Contrast with exploitative repeated diameter-limit cutting (C15)

5) Multi-aged silviculture:  area-based structures (AFERP irregular group shelterwood, group selection with reserves)

Wildlife, operations, and forest pest issues (balsam woolly adelgid; spruce budworm; hemlock woolly adelgid; windthrow susceptibility; root rots; spruce beetle; brown spruce longhorned beetle) to be discussed throughout

Required video

Click on link below. It takes you to the Institute Online page.  Click on “overview session videos”.  If you have not accessed the Silviculture Institute online material, you will have to create a free Vimeo account.  Once you have done that, find the 2nd video entitled “Silvicultural Review: Back to Basics” and click on “Rent $4.95” and then on the next page click on “Apply promo code” and enter “Overview”.  If you do this, the video is free to watch.

Silvicultural Review: Back to Basics, Dr. Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont

Required readings

Please read these in advance of attending the session. Bring copies of readings for reference. Copies won’t be provided at module session:

Suggested Readings

Comparing regeneration methods assignment

The goal of this assignment is to apply the knowledge gained through today’s presentations and your previous experience in summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of different silvicultural systems for spruce-fir forests.

Form a small group and discuss the questions on this worksheet: Assignment for Spruce-Fir Module: Comparing Regeneration Methods. Fill out and submit one group worksheet (see “Upload your assignment” below) by Thursday morning before the session begins. When naming the file, use at least one last name of a person in your group.

Upload your assignment here


  • June 13: 8.0 SAF category 1 CFEs and 3.0 CT CEUs
  • June 14: 6.5 SAF category 1 CFEs and 2.0 CT CEUs