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Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Tour Takes Flight in Rupert
Vermont Woodlands Association On Tuesday, October 10th, a group of interested landowners attended a Walk in the Woods tour on Alan Calfee’s 591 acre certified Vermont Tree Farm in Rupert. Calfee is a consulting forester and the owner of Calfee Woodlot Management, LLC. He led the tour with conservation biologist, Steve Hagenbuch, of Audubon Vermont. The tour was hosted as part of the Woods, Wildlife and Warblers program to demonstrate the management activities that Calfee has done in his woodlands to enhance the habitat for wildlife and birds while still remaining productive for timber, and increasing his forest diversity.

*Note: the work was done with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Read More (PDF). Vermont Business Journal. October 19, 2017.

More Wood Heat in Vermont's Future
Vermont wants to double the use of wood-generated energy to better manage the forests and to move Vermont toward greater energy self sufficiency, according to Emma Hanson, the new wood-energy coordinator for the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. Read the article. Rutland Herald, October 14, 2017. (PDF)

"For the Birds"- VWA has been a partner in the Woods, Wildlife and Warbers Program
Read about this program for Southern Vermont Landowners that is helping them get a woodland professional to come visit their woodlands and get advice on managing it with wildlife in mind. Rutland Herald, September 30, 2017. (PDF)

VWA Adds Cultural Resources Stewardship Guides to Website
The VWA has recently added information on cultural resources on your woodlands thanks to the help of the Vermont State Archaeologist, Jess Robinson. On our Publications page you will find the two documents, "Stewardship and Best Practices Guide for Historic and Archaeological Resources on Forest Lands" (PDF), and the "Stonewalls and Cellarholes: A Guide for Landowners on Historic Features and Landscapes in Vermont’s Forests" (PDF).

Stonewall in woodsAn excerpt from the Introduction of Stonewalls and Cellarholes: A Guide for Landowners on Historic Features and Landscapes in Vermont's Forests:

"If you own woodland in Vermont, you may wonder if your land contains cultural resources, and if
so,what limitations or opportunities these resources present. Cultural resources include historic structures and all archaeological resources. Many cultural resources are buried in the ground and the study of them is rather new. As a result, there is very little regulation of these resources on private land,and most people know little about them. Knowing more about cultural resources and their significance may broaden the management and enjoyment of your woodlands. This guide is meant to give you general information, whether you are merely curious, are interested in long-term land management, or are planning a major development. This guide describes different examples of cultural resources found in Vermont, provides advice on protecting them during forest management activities and gives references for further study."

Governor Phil Scott Signs S.34 and H.495, Supporting Rural Economic Development, the Forest Economy and Farms, Press Release, June 12, 2017
See supporting article in Vermont Biz as well. Information from the Vermont Department of Taxes on the Vermont Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Forestry Equipment and Parts can be found on our Technical Bulletins Page.

The Health Benefits of Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is a forest product in Vermont that we take great pride in. Did you know that researchers from the University of Rhode Island found 54 compounds specific to maple syrup? Five are unique to maple syrup and many hold antioxidant properties or anti-inflammatory properties. Here are a few more recent articles on it's health benefits and the antioxidant properties it holds:

Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association Nutritional Information

Real Maple Syrup Shows Promise in Protecting Brain Health, University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, March 2016

Maple Syrup: Sweet Anti-Aging Superfood?, NewsMax Health, April 2016

2015 Working Forest Essay Contest Winners Announced

Above: VWA President, Put Blodgett, and Sarah Eustis, 1st Place Winner of Essay Contest
As the next generation of woodland stewards, we asked Vermont high school students to answer, in 600 words or less, the following question: “Why Are Forests Important to Me?” Essays were to discuss how economic factors such as property taxes, strong markets for wood products, trucking costs, health insurance costs, logger availability, etc. affect land use decisions. The essay contest was sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the French Foundation

Our panel of judges selected the following three essays. Congratulations to:
•1st Place: Sarah Eustis, view essay (PDF)
•2nd Place: Sofia Gulick, view essay (PDF)
•3rd Place: Abigale Lamberton, view essay (PDF)

Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good program
The news is out! Vermont Woodlands Association is thrilled to announce that it was selected by Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good program as an organization that makes a difference in Vermont! This is such an honor for the organization and our members that are so vital to our success in all of our educational and outreach endeavors. Details may be found on the Toms of Maine website and be on the lookout for an announcement to hit the local press very soon!

2014 Working Forest Essay Contest Winners Announced

From left: Harrison Fromm, David Fraser, Grace Butler, & Put Blodgett, VWA President,
at the VWA Annual Meeting on April 5, 2014.

For this essay, our focus was on people and wildlife. As the next generation of woodland stewards, we asked Vermont high school students to tell us, in 600 words or less, how we can sustainably manage our forests for people and wildlife. Conclude your essay by explaining what you would do to ensure that forest lands remain healthy, productive, and continuously present for people and wildlife for future generations.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three essays selected by our panel of judges:
 First prize $1,000 went to Grace Butler (read essay)
 Second prize $750 went to Harrison Fromm (read essay)
 Third prize $500 went to David Fraser
(read essay)

The essay contest was sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the French Foundation.

2013 Working Forest Essay Contest Winners Announced

The Vermont Woodlands Association partnered with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the French Foundation and Northern Woodlands magazine to sponsor an essay contest for high school students.

The question addressed by entrants was, “As the next generation of forest stewards, we would like you to tell us, in 600 words or less, why working forests in Vermont are important and how they contribute to the quality of life of all Vermonters.”

We were both overwhelmed and heartened by the response, receiving more than sixty essays from students around the state. Our team of judges read every essay, often several times, and finally selected the top three entries.

Congratulations to:

• 1st Place: Kia Amirkiaee from Woodstock Union High School Read Essay
• 2nd Place: Ben Dillner from North Country Union High School Read Essay
• 3rd Place: Nicholas Sweet from Rutland High School Read Essay

The three students who placed first, second, and third received cash prizes awarded at the VT Woodlands Association annual meeting on April 6, VTC in Randolph. The winning essay by Kia Amirkiaee appeared in the Northern Woodlands Magazine Spring 2013 edition.

Photo: Put Blodgett, VWA President, standing as Kia Amirkiaee reads her winning essay at the
VWA Annual Meeting this April. Ben Dillner, 2nd place winner, stands on right.

VWA and its co-sponsors would like to thank everyone who participated. We are very fortunate to have such good land stewards in our next generation.

The Vermont Woodlands Association received the 2011 Governor's Award for
Environmental Excellence for their Forestry School and Vermont Tree Farm Programs.