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UMFK'S WOOD IDENTIFICATION GUIDE ATTRACTS ATTENTION FROM STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS AROUND THE GLOBE

February 11, 2009

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“A Community Atmosphere; A Global Perspective” is more than just the slogan at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  When it comes to the UMFK Forestry department’s on-line Wood Identification Study Guide, it has an appeal that stretches around the world.     

The study guide is the work of Jeff Dubis, an instructor of Forestry at UMFK.  All photos of tree species were taken by Dubis using a point and shoot digital camera.  The guide is available on the UMFK website at: http://www.umfk.maine.edu/forestry/woodid/ 

The Wood Identification Study Guide is designed to assist forest technology students in identifying the wood of different tree species that are covered at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  

In addition to assisting UMFK Forestry students in the St. John Valley, the study guide also has been used by students and their instructors in such diverse locations as: Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, Iran; the Howard County (Indiana) Historical Society; the University of Zagreb (Croatia); and the Department of Forest Products Technology at the Helsinki (Finland) University of Technology.  

“I developed the study guide as an innovative way for students to learn to identify wood, as this is a very tough subject for many individuals,” said Dubis.  “What I didn’t expect is its usage by so my other people in the U.S. and around the world,” he added.  

The recently-posted updated version of the study guide now contains radial/tangential images, as well as the cross-sectional images contained in the original. All images are new and are high quality. Important macro-features useful for identification purposes are indicated and described in each image, as they were in the original version.  

The University of Maine at Fort Kent recently received notification from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) that it has extended its recognition of UMFK’s Forest Technology curriculum through 2017. 

The Forest Technology program at UMFK is a conservation-oriented program that focuses on the wise use of forests as a renewable resource. With recognition from SAF, the program ensures that students receive the best education possible. 

UMFK is the only SAF recognized college or university forest technology program within the state of Maine, and one of only two such programs in all of New England.