Dedicated to promoting the thoughtful stewardship of Vermont's privately-owned working forests
Proud Sponsor of the American Tree Farm System in Vermont
Vermont Tree Farm System


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:

Celebrating Stewardship and Tree Farming!
Jim & Ellie Gustafson
Dodge Rd., Chester, VT
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9am to 1:30pm

When a young minister and his wife—living in a church-owned parsonage on minimal salary (think $3600/year)—start to consider purchasing real property, tree farming comes to mind. We took the concept seriously, signed up for Timber Stand Improvement, and began our long venture as tree farmers. With the help of multiple county foresters and our wonderful forestry guides, Don and Nina Huffer, we pruned and thinned and logged and made syrup and firewood and had lots of fun in the doing. We’re still at it, having recently completed our largest logging, harvesting roughly 208,000 board feet. Please come and help us celebrate our long commitment as good stewards of our land.
Download flyer for Gustafson walk


Photos from past Walk in the Woods workshops:


Investigating Wildlife Tracking Workshop with Lynn Levine
Listen to VPR Story, " Tracking Opens Window On World Of Animals"
February 2014
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 Tour
August 2012
Apple Tree Pruning & Maintenance
April 2012


Sugarbush Management with Kevin Hall
March 2012


September 2011 Walk in Thetford
June 2011 Walk in Tunbridge


May 2011 Walk in Jericho
April 2011 Walk in Tunbridge


February 2011 Walk in Berlin
February 2010 Walk in Rupert



Walk in the Woods - W. Rutland Town Forest