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Understanding USDA Farm Bill Programs for Forestry and Wildlife Management
Saturday, August 8, 2015; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cobb Hill Cohousing Community Room; Hartland Four Corners, VT
Staff from the three agencies will provide participants with an understanding of forestry and wildlife practices related to Farm Bill programs available to landowners. Some of these programs include opportunities for landowners to receive money to develop a forest management plan, control invasive species, create ideal forest songbird conditions, enhance mast producing trees and more. Preregistration is appreciated but not required. Email Mary Beth Adler, VT Fish and Wildlife Department, at or call 802-885-8836. View full press release.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 22nd
WOW! Women Owning Woodlands Workshop

Topic: Invasive species (plants)
Tentative Location: UVM’s Jericho Research Forest

New! Shoreland Act Workshop for Consulting Foresters
August 26, 2015
Waterbury Reservoir State Park, Waterbury Center, VT

You’re invited to attend a workshop on the Shoreland Protection Act at Waterbury Reservoir State Park in Waterbury Center, VT on August 26, 2015. The workshop will be taught by Dan Homeier, an Environmental Analyst with Vermont DEC who is currently providing technical assistance for the Lake Encroachment and Shoreland Permit Program. The Shoreland Protection Act went into effect on July 1, 2014. Download flyer (PDF) here.

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, September 22nd
Topic: Succession Planning Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Clint Bentz, co-author of “Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage,” woodland owner and tree farmer, and nationally recognized tax accountant who specializes in timber assets. Clint comes to us from Oregon with a wealth of knowledge on estate and succession planning issues that woodland owners face. This will be the fourth (and last) in a series of workshops sponsored by VWA, UVM, and VHCB through a grant from the Forest Viability program. This day-long program will also offer breakout sessions on specific areas of concern in the planning process.
Location: TBA

Partner Association Calendars and Events:

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Keeping tabs on the ecological conditions of the park (along with 11 other regional parks) is the mission of the NPS Northeast Temperate Network. Join NETN staff for this two-hour hike to try your hand at the basics of monitoring birds, salamanders, forest health and water quality. Bring water and bug repellant. Binoculars and a smartphone will also be handy. Moderate, three miles.

These workshops are co-sponsored by Marsh-Billing NHP, Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association.
Trees and Trespassers
July 18, 2015

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Woodstock, VT
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This month we will be following forest health and controlling invasive species.

Monitoring Workshop
August 29, 2015

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Woodstock, VT
Event Date : 08-29-2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This month is a monitoring workshop to learn what we are following at the park.

Phenology and Climate
September 12, 2015

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Woodstock, vT
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This month we will look at the past and future climatic changes and what they mean for the park ecosystem.

From the Pogue to the Pines
October 10, 2015

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Woodstock, vT
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This month we will look at water quality and forest health.

Working Woodlands Workshops at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park:

The Future of the Forest
Date: Saturday Sept 19 & 26

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This hiking tour explores the history and stewardship of the oldest professionally managed forest in the United States. See some unique parts of the park and visit stands with active forestry projects. Meet at the Prosper Road trailhead. Easy, 3 miles.


Vermont Invasives:

Volunteers needed to pull Water Chestnut!
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9:30am - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 2:15pm
The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help us manage the invasive water chestnut plant in the southern Lake Champlain area nearly every weekday between June 29th and August 26th.

Forest Pest First Detector Training
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:30am - 4:15pm

Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests?

Vermont Tree Stewards Conference
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Vermont Tree Stewards Conference is a one day program held in central Vermont during each fall. The Conference is designed to provide an educational and networking opportunity for the stewards of Vermont's urban trees and community forests. The Conference is open to all and intended to support Tree Wardens, SOUL Tree Stewards, Forest Pest First Detectors, and anyone else caring for canopy at the local level.

9th Annual Invasive Species Outreach In-service
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 8:30am - Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 3:30pm
Add to your 2015 invasive species calendars: the NY Invasive Species Research Institute and the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse are pleased to announce the dates for the 9th Annual Invasive Species In-Service. This year’s workshop will be held on the Cornell University campus Tuesday through Thursday, November 3 - 5, 2015.


Northwoods Stewardship Center:

Animal Tracks & Habitats Hike at Q Burke
Saturday, July 18th, 2015

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Sherburne Base Lodge at Burke Mountain Resort


Vermont Family Forests:

Fall 2015 Game of Logging

Cost per training session level: $170

  1. Level I: October 1, 2015 at 8:00 am (Thursday), raindate October 8
  2. Level II: October 8, 2015 at 8:00 am (Thursday), raindate October 15
  3. Level III: Storm Damage Recovery: Safe & Sustainable Tree Felling, Bucking, and Removal in Storm-impacted Forests.  October 15, 2015 at 8:00 am (Thursday), raindate October 22


Audubon Vermont:
Bird Monitoring Walks
Saturday, August 8

7:00am - 9:00am


Vermont Coverts:

Cooperator Training Weekend
September 11-13, 2015

Farm and Wilderness Camp, Mt Holly
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Vermont Land Trust
Art in the Forest
September 20, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Virginia Stranahan Memorial Town Forest, Marshfield, VT
Additional Webinars and Informational Websites:
American Tree Farm System
Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Urban Natural Resources Institute – An Initiative of the USDA Forest Service – Northern Research Station
Pennsylvania Extension Forestry
Deer and Forests – would be of interest to some of the foresters.