Making a Case for Community-Scale Forestry

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Making a Case for Community-Scale Forestry

With a mindset of staying small, a sawmill in Fletcher sees wood products as the next “go local” movement. By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network Tucker Riggs, owner of Laughing Stock Farm (LSF) Forest Products in Fletcher, is busier than he’s ever been. As the pandemic and resulting supply chain issues more than doubled the price

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Connecting People to Place, Middlebury Grads Return to VT to Start Woodworking Business

By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network When three friends at Middlebury College couldn’t find the perfect gift for their boss, they decided to make something special. Nathaniel Klein, Jacob Freedman, and Alex Gemme wanted to thank their supervisor at the Middlebury Snow Bowl for helping them establish a scholarship program. “We had such a

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Identification and Treatment of Invasive Insects

Forest pests are accumulating in the United States at a rate of 2.5 new pests and pathogens a year – and once they are here, they can be hard to eradicate. According to the June 2021 update from the State of Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, the state observed sightings of Emerald Ash

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“Through Tangents in Life”: Dan Healey

Dan Healey is a Vermont licensed consulting forester from Brattleboro. Dan works for Long View Forest where he is one of five consulting foresters in the company. Dan’s work mainly revolves around forest management on private forest land. For Dan, forestry was an interest that slowly grew into a passion. He said his involvement in

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Craig Coleman: Active Management

Craig Coleman lives just outside Springfield, VT where he manages a 65-acre woodland. He purchased the property in 1995 and moved to the area in 2007 after he retired. Ownership of the land is divided between Craig and his sister, but he manages the entire parcel. Craig worked in Connecticut before moving to VT. The

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Ann Wade: Meditative Management

Ann Wade is the owner of a 127-acre woodland in Washington, VT. The parcel has been in her family for nearly 70 years. The land has much meaning to her and her family and she is working toward making it a space for other families to enjoy nature as well. There is much history in

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Bruce and Doreen Jones: Multi-Purpose Parcel

Bruce and Doreen Jones are the owners of 260 acres in Rochester, VT. They purchased the property a few years ago after moving back to Vermont from California. Since then, the couple has been busy managing their land in different ways to keep it both productive and wild. Bruce and Doreen both lived in Vermont

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Advocate: Michael Brown and Birdseye Forestry

Michael Brown is a VWA certified consulting forester from Moretown, VT where he lives with his wife and two kids. He is the founder and forester of his own forestry business, Birdseye Forestry. Located in central Vermont, Michael services mainly the Mad River Valley and parts of the Champlain Valley and Northern Kingdom regions of

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