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Proud Sponsor of the American Tree Farm System in Vermont
Vermont Tree Farm System

WORKSHOPS

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Working Woodlands Workshops: Informative, hands-on and exciting workshops for the woodland enthusiast. Working Woodlands workshops are held throughout the year at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.   Come learn from forestry professionals, scientists, and landowners. Explore diverse topics ranging from tree identification, low-impact harvesting, sawmilling, Timber Stand Improvement, animal tracking, trail maintenance, invasive plant control and so much more.  Learn techniques and knowledge to help you understand, manage and conserve woodlands.

January’s Working Woodlands Workshop – Winter Tree Identification

The leaves have fallen and identifying the trees in your backyard can be challenging. Learn how to identify trees and shrubs during our Vermont winter, focusing on their twig, bud, needle and bark structure.  Learn why it is important to be able to ID this time of year and how this skill is beneficial for good forest management.   Windsor County Forester, Jon Bouton, will lead the discussion and snowshoe trek through woods at the Park, for a great hands-on learning experience. All ages are welcome. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors, snow or shine, and bring a bagged snack.  Both adult and child snowshoes will be available if needed. 

Date – Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Time – 10:00am -1:00pm

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Parking available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – No reservation necessary

Contact – Jon Bouton at (802)281-5262 or email jon.bouton@state.vt.us

February’s Working Woodlands Workshop- Animal Tracking

Wonder what critters are traveling through your backyard?  Come and learn the tracks and signs of many common Vermont mammals. Learn how fast they are moving, their mood, their most recent meals (with scat) and so much more. Science Communication Specialist, Ed Sharron will begin with a discussion at the Forest Center.  Then head outside for a guided snowshoeing experience, tracking animals through the park trails and woods.  All ages are welcome. Please dress appropriately for outside, as the workshop will happen snow or shine.  Bring a bagged lunch, water and snowshoes. Adult and child snowshoes will be available if needed. 

Date – Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Time – 10:00am -2:00pm

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Fee – No cost

Reservations – No reservations necessary

Contact – For more information, please contact Ed Sharron at (802)457-3368 ex. 23

March’s Working Woodlands Workshop – Chillin’ with the Chickadees

Visit the winter forest with park ecologist Kyle Jones. We will learn winter bird identification by sight and sound, and also look at the forested habitats birds use for summer breeding.  All ages are welcome. Snowshoes and binoculars will be available if needed. Bring appropriate outdoor clothing and a snack.

Date – Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Time – 10:00am -1:00pm

Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Parking available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – No reservation necessary

Contact – For more information, please call Kyle Jones at (802)457-3368 x30

To learn more about our Working Woodlands Workshops, please contact Christine Frohloff at (802)457-3368 x26 or email christine_frohloff@partner.nps.gov  or visit  http://www.nps.gov/mabi/naturescience/working-woodlands-workshops.htm


Partner Association Calendars and Events:

Northwoods Stewardship Center:

Snowshoe Naturalist: Forest Ecology
Wednesday, January 14th, 10am-12pm, $15
Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, VT

Come trek along the beautiful NorthWoods trails in the first of three Snowshoe Naturalist events offered this winter. Examine the subtleties of tree bark that reveal the species names. Learn about the adaptations that plants and animals of the NorthWoods evolved in order to survive the cold Vermont winters. Try to steal a glance of a snowshoe hare while wearing snowshoes yourself! Afterward, enjoy a fire and a hot meal in the lodge. Lunch included. Snowshoes available at no extra cost.  To register email events@northwoodscenter.org or call 802-723-6551 extension 115

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Hogback Community College

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Audubon Vermont:

Coming Soon: The Cougar Returns to the East
Wednesday, January 7
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Richmond Library, Richmond, VT
Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border.  We will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia.  It is only a matter of time!
Fee: Audubon Members $5, Non-members $10

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Vermont Coverts

Snowshoe Walk at Coverts Council Member Roland Payne’s

909 Bayley Hazen Road, Cabot

Saturday, January 24

10:00-1:00

Walking in the woods in the quiet of winter is a great experience.  It is a great time to look at animal tracks, winter trees and the splendor of our Vermont Woods.  Cooperator and Council member Roland Payne will host a walk to explore his property.  It can be cold and windy on Cabot Plains in January so warm clothes and a scarf or neck gaiter is advised.  Come dressed to be outdoors for 3 hours or more.  To register and get directions contact the Coverts office at info@vtcoverts.org or call (802) 877-2777. 

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Vermont Land Trust

Vermont Family Forests

Additional Webinars and Informational Websites:

https://www.treefarmsystem.org/attend
American Tree Farm System

http://www.forestrywebinars.net/
Southern Regional Extension Forestry

http://www.unri.org/webcasts/
Urban Natural Resources Institute – An Initiative of the USDA Forest Service – Northern Research Station

http://rnrext.cas.psu.edu/PAForestWeb/default.html
Pennsylvania Extension Forestry

http://www.deerandforests.org/
Deer and Forests – would be of interest to some of the foresters.