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S.100 Forest Integrity (w/amendment), and H.329 Current Use Bill Updates

Economic Importance of Vermont's Forest-based Economy, 2013. NESFA

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year
by Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist
and John Greene, Retired Research Forester, Southern Research Station

Ice Storm Damage Assessments Underway in Vermont from December 2013 Ice Storm

Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) announced the release of 2014 available grant funds to invest into agricultural, forestry and forest product enterprises and organizations. Applications are available at www.vermontworkinglands.com along with tools and resources to assist applicants.

Agricultural land, Forest Land, Conservation Land & Farm Buildings Use Value Appraisal Program (Current Use)

USDA Farm Bill Progress

Vermont Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines: In 2013, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 24 that directs the Commissioner of the Department Forests, Parks and Recreation to develop voluntary harvesting guidelines in support of forest health and sustainability by January 15, 2015.

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The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to female woodland owners and forest practitioners.

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Discover the Forest
This PSA campaign aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand.
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My Land Plan.org
A resource for woodland owners, by woodland owners to help you protect and enjoy your woods.


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ImapInvasives website for tracking invasive plants and insects in Vermont.

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Ash Management Guidance for Forest Managers
April 2012 Vermont Forest Health publication, VT FPR

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Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Newest U.S. Forest Service timber tax publication with landowners most FAQs. Download here>>

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Policy on Forest Management Plans and Amendments for Land Enrolled in Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA) Related to Emerald Ash Borer
September 16, 2011 (modified October 3, 2011)

Here is information about Use Value Appraisal plans and activities in view of the eventual arrival of Emerald Ash Borer>>>>

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New Publication on Harvesting Biomass from Your Woods

UMass Extension has a new publication aimed at landowners who have concerns about harvesting biomass from their woodlands. "Harvesting Biomass from Your Woods: Make an Informed Decision" explains, in eight pages, what biomass is generally used for, what a biomass harvest entails, and its effect on aesthetics, wildlife, and forest soils. The publication also provides guidelines for such harvests. It can be downloaded here. 

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Updated Guidelines for Instream Work

This link will take you to the webpage with links to updated guidelines for Instream Work, Culvert Replacement and more stream restoration information.

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/rivers.htm

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Storm Recovery Resources from VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation

The Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation has information on their website for storm resources. The website will be updated regularly so please visit it often to see what might be available to help forest landowners with storm recovery. http://www.vtfpr.org/resource/storms.cfm

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Vermont County Forester List

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The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is offering "Don't Move Firewood" customizable tools on the state firewood website www.firewood.vt.gov. A "Don't Move Firewood" poster is also available.

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Download “The Nature Conservancy Fact Sheets on Vermont’s Invasive Plants”

 

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program Forestry Initiative Factsheet. For more information on the program, please visit the NRCS website.

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UNH Cooperative Extension has published the second edition of a keystone forestry publication Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices in New Hampshire. It is available for free on-line at www.goodforestry.org. Ordering information for the hard copy is there as well.

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Vermont Working Landscape Partnership Program

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is facilitating a non-partisan and broad-based partnership to support local agriculture and forestry, grow and attract farm and forest entrepreneurs, and conserve Vermont’s Working Landscape far into the future.

The Vermont Woodlands Association is an organization partner in the Working Landscape Partnership. Consider joining the partnership as an individual.

Watch the Vermont's Working Landscape: Keeping it Vital video

 

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NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service). For access to cost share programs through the
Farm Bill (WHIP, EQIP) contact your local NRCS office.

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New Vermont Wetland Rules Available.
The Agency of Natural Resources has released the new Vermont Wetlands Rules. You can also visit www.anr.state.vt.us.

 

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Top Timber Tax Issues information available.
The USDA Forest Service has released a brief entitled Top Timber Tax Issues on summarizing the current status on various laws that affect the Federal Income Tax on timber and forest landowners.

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Maple Opportunities
If you have a maple stand that is not tapped and would like to explore leasing opportunities, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association is looking for trees to tap. You can contact VMSMA at www.vermontmaple.org.

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Estate Planning for Forest Landowners Brochure Available
The document "Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?" has been finalized an the electronic version was posted on the web.  This document replaces the September 1993 document of the same name.  The link to the pdf document is: http://www.srs.fs.fed.us/pubs/31987.  For more information please contact Neal Bungard at the US Forestry Service at nbungard@fs.fed.us.

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Vermont WildWoods is looking for forest-salvaged butternut. 

We are looking to speak with any landowners who have diseased and dead butternut logs in their woodlands to potentially buy those logs.  We only work with landowners who will agree to leave and not cut any healthy butternut trees in hopes of finding a disease resistant strain of trees. We have been collecting landowner records of potentially healthy butternut trees for 10 years and are starting to work with UVM School of Forestry to give them that information.

We are buying logs year round, and need 1000 board feet minimum to be able to purchase logs.  We now have the capability to do the logging with a crew in east central Vermont using a 70hp 4wd Kubota tractor with logging winch and forwarder to minimize stand damage. When we are acting only as log buyers, and not doing the logging, we are paying an average price of $450/mbf International 1/4" scale log run on your landing.

If you are interested, or have questions, please call Parker Nichols, Owner, Vermont WildWoods, Marshfield, VT at 802-426-3449 or visit www.vermontwildwoods.com.

 

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