- Merchant, Roger
In early 2019 I completed an online course on Forest Carbon Management from Michigan
State University. As a forester and photographer I was interested in learning more about
changing forest conditions as a result of our warming climate in Maine, as well as globally
on our home planet Earth.
Having participated and presented at the 2019 Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative -
Annual Conference in Vermont, I was enthused by the energy of the diverse field research
interests, speaking to new partnerships that were working to get a handle on forests and
climate change in New England.
Shortly afterwards Covid 19 broke out and the foundation of our lives, relationships and
communications became forever altered. Being retired from a career with University of
Maine Cooperative Extension, my collegial connections had likewise withered. However,
what didn’t fade away was my enduring interest in changing forest conditions, as illustrated
by my The 1942-2016 Forest FB page. Like many forest folks, I was taken by what we might
expect for species and structural change in Maine’s diverse forests as a result of the many
complexities of climate change.
My commitment to learning more about forests, climate change and carbon storage reached
a point of practical application in 2020. My thought was, “okay, I’ve invested in courses,
academics and a slew of Zoon sessions; how might I bring carbon storage closer to home?”
Looking out the back window onto our 2.7-forested acres in Glenburn, I was re-awakened
by the question, “I wonder how much carbon is stored out back in all the pine, aspen, red
maple, and balsam fir that make up our Wee Woods?”
This is what Every Tree Counts is about; forests, carbon storage and life giving oxygen from
all trees large and small. It’s also about what we did to figure this out in our little corner of
the vast Maine Woods.