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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.