Welcome Executive Director Kate Forrer!

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Welcome Executive Director Kate Forrer!

Hello VWA community, I am so thrilled to be joining the VWA community as your next Executive Director! For many of you, I am not a new face. I come to VWA from a long career in forestry outreach and education at UVM Extension. During my tenure there, I had the opportunity to partner with

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Forestry Building at the Vermont State Fair

During the week of August 16-20, the Forestry Building at the Vermont State Fair entertained thousands of visitors. Thanks to the 32 individual volunteers and over 15 organizations and businesses, this forestry educational opportunity offered the public a fun place to escape the heat and an opportunity to learn about forestry in Vermont. Keeping Northern Woodlands magazines and

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Bill Amaru: Land and Sea

Bill Amaru is the owner of a 50-acre woodland in East Corinth, VT. Bill purchased the property in 2000 and for the past twenty years has been working to rehabilitate the land for hardwood production and conservation purposes. Bill is a part-time resident of Vermont as he and his family live in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Roscoe Blaisdell: Understanding the Forest

Roscoe Blaisdell is the owner of several thousand acres of forestland in New Hampshire and Vermont. Roscoe is a land surveyor who lives in Raymond, NH where the majority of his forest land is located. His Vermont acreage is in Ryegate, VT. The properties in both states have been enrolled in the Tree Farm Program

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Recreation & Conservation: David Sunshine and Carol Jordan

David Sunshine and Carol Jordan are the owners of approximately 180 acres in Richmond, VT. The property has been enrolled in the Tree Farm program since the 1970s. While privately owned, the property includes trails that are part of the Richmond Trail Committee, so the public enjoys the property as well. David and Carol purchased

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250th Anniversary of The Pine Tree Riot

Tom Thomson owner of the Thomson Family Tree Farm with grandson Jaden Thomson. Tom is holding a 24″ diameter cross-section of a White Pine Tree which in 1690 the King claimed were Mast Trees for his Royal Navy, then in 1722 a law was passed which claimed any White Pine Tree 12″ diameter (which Jaden

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Ernst Tree Farm: 50 Years and Counting

Jay and Ginger Maciejowski are the owners of Ernst Tree Farm in Athens, VT. The tree farm consists of 90-acres of woodland and pasture. The land has been managed by the family since the late 1930s and is nearing its 50th anniversary of being in the Vermont Tree Farm program. The beginnings of Ernst Tree

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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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