2022 VWA Annual Meeting: Recap and Resources
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, VT
It was such a pleasure to see many of you at the Annual Meeting. We are pleased to share some highlights, materials and resources from the day!
Intersection of sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat and climate, presented by Todd Waldron, Northeast Forest Conservation Director for the Ruffed Grouse Society
State of Vermont’s Forest, presented by Keith Thompson, Private Lands Program Manager, VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
- Presentation (coming soon!)
Responding to Climate Change Panel, facilitated by Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation with participation from Tim Stout, landowner; Mike White, Calfee Woodland Management; and Tessa McGann, Long View Forest
Panelist Recommended Resources:
- Vermont Woodland Association Climate Change Resources Webpage
- 12 Steps to Climate Resilience: Managing Your Forests with Climate Change in Mind
Ethan Tapper’s LinkTree Account – this website is packed with loads of excellent material from Ethan including videos, articles, presentations, etc. on a broad host of topics.
A quick guide to adaptation planning for natural resources professionals – step by step guide for identifying climate change impacts on your property and selecting appropriate adaptation strategies to address them. Created by the USDA and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Forest Carbon – perhaps the most useful primer on forest carbon written by Dr. Anthony D’Amato at UVM and Dr. Paul Catanzaro at the University of Massachusetts.
Forest Carbon Markets – What are Forest Carbon Markets – developed by Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation with links to various other reports/primers.
Securing Northeast Forest Carbon Program – an excellent series of lectures on forest carbon by Ali Kosiba, formerly Vermont’s Climate Forester, and now at UVM Extension. These lectures start with background information and then get increasingly complex toward the end of the series.
Northam Forest Carbon – this is Tim Stout’s website for his group by the same name focused on bringing forest carbon to landowners. While it needs some revamping, it may have additional information beyond what’s above. This Forest Carbon Poster was created to bring the concept of forest carbon to landowners in a straightforward manner.
Family Forest Carbon Program – one of several Forest Carbon programs now offered in Vermont. I’ve included this here because I’ve been engaged with it for the last three years and have participated in its pilot and will participate in the full scale program this winter.
Healthy Forests for Our Future – excellent resource on the composition of healthy forest created by The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Restoring Old-Growth Characteristics – another excellent primer by Tony D’Amato and Paul Catanzaro on old growth forests – specifically how to build old growth characteristics in our forests.
Congratulations to all of our awards recipients
Kathleen Wanner Outstanding Leadership Award- presented to Kathleen Wanner in appreciation of her outstanding leadership as Executive Director of VWA and Administrator of the Vermont Tree Farm Committee and her unwavering commitment to countless other forestry boards and organizations.
2022 Tree Farmer of the Year– Irwin Family Forest, John & Barb Irwin Click Here to learn more about Irwin Family Forest
Tree Farm Inspectors of the Year:
- Most Inspections– Andy McGovern
- Outreach and Education– Ethan Tapper
- 2022 Inspector of the Year– Charlie Hancock
25 year Tree Farmers :
1306.15 – Meadowsend Timberlands Delectable Mountain Forest 11/1/1995
1306.16 – Meadowsend Timberlands Bridgewater Hollow
1306.17 – Meadowsend Timberlands Chateauguay Forest
1306.18 – Meadowsend Timberlands
1256 – Vermont Land Trust – Tucker Westenfeld 12/1/1995
918 – Patrick Leahy – Allan Thompson 12/1/1995-already received
1196 – Joseph Weston – Rich Root 1/1/1996
1317 – Ken Weston – Ben Campbell 3/1/1996
1322 – Arthur Dugas – Steve Handfield 12/1/1996
776 – Lee Houghton 11/1/1994 – Kathy Beland/Frank Hudson
593- Ingrid Christman, Pine Ridge Tree Farm – Rich Carbonetti 6/1/1994
1260- Milton Fullerton – Pat Bartlett – 1/1/1994
249 – Joanna Maynard(Taffy)( Hull Maynard) – Russell Reay 2/1/1971
260 – Barbara Hudson Rescott – Allan Thompson 8/1/1971 formerly Sam Hudson’s property(Franklin County Forester from 1957-1982)
261 – William Emmons III – Pat Bartlett 11/1/1971 Cloudland Farm, Inc.
268 – Trapp Family Lodge – Allan Thompson 6/1/1972
271 – Rick Bizzozero – Ryan Kilborn 8/1/1972