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An update on Worker's Compensation Press release from the office of the Governor.

Public Meeting Concerning Emerald Ash Borer Detection in Orange County
MONTPELIER -- There will be a public meeting in Barre on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 to discuss the discovery of emerald ash borer in Orange County. The meeting is being hosted by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the US Forest Service. Full Press Release Here

Public Meeting to be Held on Conserved Lands in Northeast Kingdom
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt – The Vermont departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks, & Recreation are holding a public meeting to discuss future management and use of a group of conserved lands in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. 

The meeting will discuss the Bill Sladyk Wildlife Management Area, Black Turn Brook State Forest, and Averill Mountain Wildlife Management Area, primarily in the towns of Norton and Holland.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Town of Brighton Elementary School.  Full Press Release Here

Public Hearings Set for Deer, Moose
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in deer and moose should plan on attending one of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife public hearings being held in March and May.
Full Press Release Here

Doug Blodgett to present on the reclusive but much maligned and misunderstood Rattlesnake, and its unique contribution to Vermont’s native wildlife community at CCV in Rutland on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 7pm. This talk has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 3/20.
Full Press Release Here

Woodland Tour to Focus on Wildlife Habitat Benefits of a Timber Harvest & the Habitat for Heat Program on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9am-12pm. Join foresters Kathy Beland and Frank Hudson, and landowners Dan and Pat Stone on this Walk in the Woods: Wildlife Benefits of a Timber Harvest tour. Participants will see an active timber harvest that will benefit woodland bird and wildlife habitat on the Stone’s 132 acre certified Tree Farm. Learn about their participation in the Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program. The Stones’ property has been conserved with the Vermont Land Trust. Additionally, some of the trees harvested will be part of the Habitat for Heat Program, which will be sent to the Vermont Wood Pellet Company in nearby Clarendon where the wood will be transformed into pellets that will heat a local assisted-living facility.
Full Press Release Here

Ski and Snowshoe in the Woods to a Demonstration Forest on Saturday, February 17th from 10 AM to 1PM, join the Northwoods and the Vermont Woodlands Association for a guided ski and snowshoe tour through the Spitzer Demonstration Forest at NorthWoods. On this tour of a certified Vermont Tree Farm, we’ll visit two recent timber harvests that were adapted to create a more resilient forest in a changing climate, while also providing valuable bird and wildlife habitat. Along the way you’ll have a chance to enjoy a variety of forest types and see varying management strategies, past and present.
Full Press Release Here

Kim Royar, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Presents on Vermont's Land Use Changes and Their Effects on Wildlife Populations in the Valley We Live in Lecture at the One World Conservation Center on Thursday, February 15th.
Full Press Release Here

Ed Sharron, a National Park Service Science Communication Specialist to lead Walk in the Woods: Who Goes There? Winter Wildlife Tracking Workshop at the Greenberg Reserve at the One World Conservation Center on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. Co-Sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and the One World Conservation Center.
Full Press Release Here

Vermont State Archaeologist, Jess Robinson, presents 'An Archaeological History of Vermont; as part of the Valley We Live in Series
at the One World Conservation Center on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Co-sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and the Bank of Bennington. Full Press Release Here.

Lisa Sausville, Director of Vermont Coverts to present on Sustainable Forestry for Wildlife in Vermont as part of the Valley We Live in Series at the One World Conservation Center on January 25, 2018. Co-sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and the Bank of Bennington.
Full Press Release Here

Kim Royar to Discuss Historical Land Use Change & the Wildlife of Vermont Presentation in Rutland on January 23, 2018.
Full Press Release Here

Wood, Wildlife and Warblers Walk in the Woods in Rupert, Press Release, October 2017

RUPERT- 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 Vermont Audubon. The tour was hosted as part of the new Woods, Wildlife and Warblers program as a way to show regional landowners and forest professionals what a 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. Full Press Release Here

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.

Vermont Woodlands Association Celebrates 100 Years of Vermont Town Forests - Essay Contest

2015 marks the centennial anniversary of Vermont's Municipal Forest Act, authorizing towns to purchase land. To help celebrate this important milestone, the VWA annual essay contest will focus on Town Forests. For this year, students are not constrained by writing an essay but rather have the opportunity to choose any form of expression to tell a Town Forest Story. Read more about the Town Forest contest...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act. Also Issues Interim Special Rule that Tailors Protections to Eliminate Unnecessary Restrictions and Provide Regulatory Flexibility for Landowners - read full article on NLEB

Also available from Fish & Wildlife Service:

Q&A  on the "threateded" listing decision
Q&A on the "interim final 4(d) rule"
Map of NLEB range, with White-Nose Syndrome Buffer zones

Vermont Forester, Kathy Beland, awarded with National Outstanding Inspector Award (225 kb PDF)

Working Forest Essay Winners Announced at 2014 Annual Meeting (202 kb PDF)

2014 Working Forest Essay Contest Open for Entries (344 kb PDF)

Vermont Woodlands hosts 2013 Tree Farmer of the Year Tour (176 kb PDF)

You're Invited to Walk in the Woods with Sue Morse (153 kb PDF)

You’re Invited to WALK IN THE WOODS: Plum Creek in the NEK (117 kb PDF)

2013 Working Forest Essay Contest for VT High School Students (382 kb PDF file)

2012 Tree Farmer of the Year Tour Announcement (59.1 kb PDF file)

Project Learning Tree Training to be held for Woodland Owners and Natural Resource Professionals (59 kb PDF file)

VWA offers upcoming 2012 Forestry Schools for Landowners (46 kb PDF file)

June 11, 2011 Forestry School (94.8 KB PDF file)

June 18, 2011 Walk in the Woods (105 KB PDF file)

June 5, 2010 Forestry School (45.4 KB PDF file)

April 24, 2010 Forestry School (16.7 KB PDF file)

April 9, 2010 VWA Annual Meeting (14.8 KB PDF file)

Walk in the Woods, February 6, 2010 - Merck Forest, Rupert, VT (332 KB PDF file)

Walk in the Woods, November 1, 2009 - Lord's Hill, Marshfield, VT (53.5 KB PDF file)

2009 Tree Farmer of the Year Tour - October 17, 2009 (52.4 KB PDF file)

Walk in the Woods, October 10, 2009 - Paganelli Tree Farm, S. Strafford, VT (53.1 KB PDF file)

Walk in the Woods, July 16, 2009 - Black Gum Swamps, J. Maynard Miller Memorial Town Forest, Vernon, VT (52.6 KB PDF file)

Walk in the Woods...One County at a Time.... (15.2 KB PDF file)

2009 Level II Forestry School - Sept. 12 & 13, 2009, Fairlee, VT (52.3 KB PDF file)

2009 Forestry School - April 18 & 19, 2009, Fairlee, VT (52.5 KB PDF file)

April 3, 2009 VWA Annual Meeting (53.0 KB PDF file)