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Vermont Woodlands Association and the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation are inviting you to take a monthly excursion into Vermont’s forests, county by county. The monthly walks in the woods will be led by county foresters, consulting foresters, and natural resource professionals to showcase the wonders and enjoyment of Vermont’s lush forests. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes or boots.

                        Upcoming Walks:

                        April 11, 2015
                        Walk in the Woods: Apple Tree Pruning
                        8:30-12 Noon
                        Berlin, VT
                        Join Dave Wilcox, State Lands Forester, and John Buck, State Wildlife Biologist as they discuss apple tree pruning. This will be a hands-on demonstration of how to properly prune and care for wild apple trees. Dave and John have been releasing and pruning apple trees on State owned land as well as their own respective property for decades. Download PDF registration.

Thursday April 23 2015, 1pm to 3:30pm
Columbia Forest Products: Log Yard & Plant Tour

115 Columbia Way, Newport, VT

Where do your logs go when they leave the landing? Most go across our borders to the north, south, east, and west. What if you’re lucky enough to have veneer logs? This is your opportunity to visit a Vermont forest products company that utilizes maple, oak, and birch from Vermont and other regions in the manufacture of hardwood plywood veneer. Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products.
In the log yard, you’ll hear about grading and scale measurements and what CFP is looking for and not looking for in log types, sizes (diameter and length), species, limbing, cracking, etc. Then tour the plant to see how the logs become hardwood veneer. Download registration.

Saturday May 2nd 2015, 9am - noon
Vernal Pool Ecology in a Working Forest
Strafford, VT

Please Join Steve Faccio, Conservation Biologist with Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Toby Alexander, Biologist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Paul Harwood, Vice President of VWA (and Harwood Forestry Services) as they visit a complex of vernal pools in working forest land to discuss the characteristics of these ephemeral wetlands and their importance to the wildlife species that utilize them. Download PDF Registration here.


Saturday May 9, 2015, 9am to noon
Nature Photography
Audubon Center, Huntington, VT

Sponsored by VWA, VT Fish & Wildlife, and Audubon Vermont

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife photographer Tom Rogers for a presentation on wildlife photography.  Tom will give a brief presentation on the basics of proper exposure, depth of field, and use of camera equipment, followed by a field session on Audubon Vermont’s Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont.  Vermont Fish & Wildlife bird biologist John Buck and Audubon Vermont bird expert Jim Shallow will also be on hand to help us find wildlife and to provide a naturalist’s prospective. This event is geared for beginners who want to get the basics of wildlife photography and for intermediates who want to take their skills to the next level.  Participants should bring their own camera equipment, including a tripod and binoculars if they own them. 

The event costs $15 and is open to the public. Registrations will be accepted until Thursday, May 7. However, workshop is limited to the first 20 registrations so don’t delay!


Thursday July 16, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Rattlesnakes in Vermont
Green Mountain National Forest Office, 231 North Main St. Rutland, VT 05701

Can you believe Vermont actually hosts and harbors rattlesnakes? Doug Blodgett will discuss this reclusive but much-maligned and misunderstood reptile, and its unique contribution to Vermont’s native wildlife community. Doug will reveal some interesting results of his research on this endangered species, and discuss the tough challenges it faces as well as the life history of this original Vermont native animal at the very northern end of its range in the continental US. Download registration.

Photos from past Walk in the Woods workshops:

Pfalzerwald Tree Farm Tour & Walk
August 2014


Investigating Wildlife Tracking Workshop with Lynn Levine-February 2014
Listen to VPR Story, " Tracking Opens Window On World Of Animals"
Photo & Story Credit VPR/Susan Keese


Wildlife Winter Survival Strategies with Jayson Benoit & Paul Hamelin
Northwoods Stewardship Center

February 2014
Photos: Jayson Benoit


Plum Creek Walk in the NEK
July 2013

Pfalzerwald Tree Farm Walk
August 2012
Apple Tree Pruning & Maintenance
April 2012


Sugarbush Management Walk with Kevin Hall
March 2012


Walk in Thetford-Invasive Plant ID & Control
September 2011
Walk in Tunbridge-Northern Hardwood Forest Management
June 2011


Walk in Jericho-Forest Insects & Disease in Your Woodlands
May 2011
Walk in Tunbridge-Woodland Boundary Lines
April 2011


Walk in Berlin-Apple Tree Pruning and Maintenance
February 2011
Walk in Rupert-Recreation
February 2010



Walk in the Woods - W. Rutland Town Forest