Timber Harvest Tour at Grossman Forest
Friday, May 31, 2013
Grossman Forest, Warren, VT
Please join the New England Forestry Foundation and consulting forester John McClain for
a Timber Harvest Tour at our Grossman Forest.
Sterling Town Forest Harvest Tour
Sat, June 8, 9am – 12pm
250 Sterling Gorge Rd, Stowe, VT
Tour a "Silviculture with Birds in Mind" Demonstration site. Meet at the Anderson Home, 250 Sterling Gorge Rd. in Stowe. For more information call (802) 253-2705.
July 13, 2013
Walk in the Woods: Plum Creek
9:30am to 3:30pm.
Island Pond, VT
July 20, 2013
Walk in the Woods with Bob Capobianco
from 9am to noon.
August 24, 2013
Tree Farm Tour at Al Robertson's Tree Farm
Sheffield, Vermont. Details TBA.
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013
Tree Farm of the Year Field Day Tour
Join Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year John Hemenway and Forester Paul Harwood for a Field Day Tour at the Hemenway Tree Farm in Strafford, Vermont. More details TBA.
October 12, 2013
Tree Farm Tour with John & Catherine Buck
So. Washington, VT. Details TBA.
2012 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year:
Kathleen and Allen Yale's property of Derby, VT
Members of the public attended the 2012 Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year Tour on Saturday, September 15th. The tour highlighted various aspects of management, like invasives control, bank stabilization, and stream crossings, and included a sawmill demonstration. 2009 Tree Farmer of the Year Trevor Evans and Alan Robertson, VT Tree Farm Co-chairperson assisted Yale during the tour. Natural resource professionals from Vermont Coverts, Northwoods Stewardship Center, and Natural Resource Conservation Service were also on hand. The property has been a certified Tree Farm since 1978. Thank you to our sponsors Firstwind Energy LLC, Price Chopper, and Shaw's of Derby.
Yale Tree Farm Tour
2011 Vermont and Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year:
Challenge Tree Farm owned by Putnam W. Blodgett
On Saturday, Sept 17, 2011 Put Blodgett was honored by being named the Vermont and North East Regional (13 states) Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year by the American Forest Foundation. This is a testament to his decades of sound forest management and stewardship of this 670-acre property that has been enrolled in the Tree Farm program for more than fifty years.
The tour began at 8:30am with morning snacks. At 9am, small groups took 3-hour walking tours led by professional foresters. Lunch was served under a tent and the afternoon concluded with presentations by invited guest speakers.
Putnam Blodgett of Challenge Tree Farm
2010 Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year:
Beaver Brook Tree Farm in Marshfield, owned by Mike and Vivien Fritz
On August 14, 2010 more than forty people gathered at Beaver Brook Farm in Marshfield for a tour of the 2010 Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year. Managing landowners Mike and Vivien Fritz work with consulting forester Rich Carbonetti from LandVest.
The day was extraordinary, both in weather and program. We had an introduction to the day in the 3-story 150-year old barn. Then, Mike and Rich each led two tours highlighting the large commercial logging and smaller landowner logging operations while Vivien busily set out a sumptuous lunch of pork and chicken, salads, and desserts... all prepared in her kitchen. Lt. Governor Brian Dubie stopped in for lunch and offered a few words on his family's forest landowner legacy and the Tree Farm that he manages. Following lunch, Vivien introduced us to the sport of "orienteering" in preparation for our afternoon send off, one-by-one, with map and compass to find our way through the woods. The Fritz's regularly host orienteering events and also maintain miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that are open for public use at no charge. VAST trails go through the property as well and under the Fritz's ownership, hunting is once again allowed with permission.
2013 Tree Farmer of the Year, John Hemenway (left), accepting Tree Farmer of the Year award at VWA Annual Meeting on April 6, 2013 with Forester Paul Harwood (right) and Tree Farm Chair Al Robertson (center).