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Baskahegan Guild Gathering and field tour

May 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - May 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Register (free except for food orders)

Note: if you plan to join for dinner on May 3rd at Settler’s Lodge or want your lunch catered on the May 4th field tour, or both, you’ll need to complete your food order on a survey monkey survey in addition to completing the registration form. Details are part of registration.

May 3 @ 6:00 p.m. to May 4 @ 4:00 p.m. ET


Dinner arrival is at Settler’s Lodge, 341 US-1, Weston, ME 04424 
Field tour arrival is at Log landing on the Burn Road, Topsfield, ME 

Event summary:

Join us for two fun, educational days with Baskahegan Company. On May 3rd, we will gather at Settler’s Lodge for dinner followed by fire-side conversations.

May 4th we will head to Baskahegan lands. Baskahegan is known for their sustainable forest practices. We will begin this visit by hiking back to their unmanaged Ecological Reserve – prepare for wet and muddy ground (bring extra socks!). The Black backed woodpecker is a rare bird in northern Maine. Once present in Baskahegan’s red pine stand, the bird has not been seen for several years. We will stop at a recently harvested site to learn more and discuss habitat management for this species.

After, we will head to Baskahegan’s floating road where we will break for lunch. This site has undergone years of ecological survey alongside The Nature Conservancy.

Before we get bogged down by our digesting stomachs, we will visit one final site, the red pine stand. This site was formerly homogenized and now, following several harvests, shows a better shifting mosaic.

We will wrap up our discussion with a sendoff by 4 pm. 


May 3rd, 2023 
6:00 pm: Dinner at Settler’s Lodge 
7:30 pm: Campfire and conversation

May 4th, 2023 
7:00 am: Breakfast at Settler’s Lodge (for those who stayed the night before) 
8:30 am: Drive to meeting point 
9:00 am: Meet at the Burn Road log landing, begin Baskahegan field tour 
12:00 pm: Field Lunch 
4:00 pm: Depart 

Please bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Footware that can get muddy and wet, traveling through swampy, unmanaged terrain
  • Insect repellent and/or bug net
  • Sunscreen
  • If staying overnight, necessary items (linens provided)
  • A mask, just in case, for carpools to field sites


Please be prepared to carpool. Whether you drive or ride, expect logging roads, dirt roads, classic Maine…might be a bit muddy.


If you’d like to stay at Settler’s Lodge on May 3rd, please call (ask for Alex) or book online to make your own arrangements and lodging reservations. Breakfast will be included for overnight guests, with options based on your dietary preferences mentioned in your registration form.


May 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
May 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
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