The American Tree Farm System has awarded the Maine Tree Farm Committee two $10,000 Outcome-Based Grant Awards. Each of the grants will support the development of two community-building projects, a Peer Ambassador Network and Tree Farm Family Forest Stewardship Hubs.
The Peer Ambassador Network’s goal is to develop a network of Tree Farmers who can be a resource for landowners in their community who have questions about forest management but aren’t ready to work with a professional. The ambassadors in the network will receive training to answer questions their peers may have and deliver key messages about the importance of sustainable forest management.
The Tree Farm Family Forest Stewardship Hubs project may sound familiar to those involved with Maine Tree Farm, who remember “Tree Farm Families.” The project’s goal is to develop landowner stewardship hubs and build communities of landowners in areas where organizations are actively working to connect with landowners around forest stewardship.
“The Tree Farm Committee is excited to work with our partners on these projects,” said Maine Tree Farm Coordinator, Logan Johnson. He continued, “both projects serve to address the critical needs of landowners, and the opportunity to connect with their peers, professionals, and community.”