The Maine TREE Foundation’s Long-Term Education About Forests (LEAF) program is designed to increase public understanding of, and appreciation for, Maine’s 17 million acres of forest. LEAF encourages recognition of and respect for all forest values including wood production, recreation, wildlife, aesthetics, soil and water quality, and biodiversity of plant and animal species. Through greater understanding and awareness, the public can help form and support responsible natural resource policies.
For over twenty years the LEAF program has demonstrated how a well-constructed and professionally implemented forest management plan can have a material impact on the public’s understanding of forest related issues. Public and private funders alike have committed to ongoing support for this education effort because it reaches a broad and diverse audience and creates connections and understanding about Maine’s forests that otherwise would not be possible.
LEAF education and outreach programs include the acclaimed summer Maine Teachers’ Tours (2018 TT Brochure); Maine Project Learning Tree; the Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) program; and a variety of Outdoor Classrooms. Each of these programs reaches formal and non-formal educators, land trusts, natural resource professionals, loggers, wood manufacturers and communities throughout our state. For more information, please click on any of the hyperlinks above.