The Walking Sawyer: Connecting Hikers with Vermont’s Working Forests

From the Woods Blog Posts Archive - Vermont Woodlands Association

Forest Birds and Sugarbush Management

Winter’s grip on most of us has usually worn out its welcome by the time March comes around. But for many woodland owners the lingering presence of snow and cold is a harbinger of the impending maple sugaring season.  Romanced as the ‘Sweet Season’ by some, it is in reality 8-10 weeks of erratic, fast-paced

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Vermont’s Archaeological Resources

Spanning nearly 13,000 years, Vermont’s historic and Precontact cultural resources represent important connections to our recent and distant past. Historic buildings, structures, ruins, landscapes, and archaeological sites are tangible links to the rich cultural, religious, social, economic and technological traditions of past generations of Vermonters. These resources can help us understand little known chapters of

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Blue-Headed Vireo

By John Buck, Wildlife Biologist (June 2018) The wait is finally over! Sub-zero days and major snowstorms were the call of the first days of spring in my woods this year. More so than ever, winter over-stayed its welcome.  While pulling taps last week I noticed the bird chorus had suddenly, and likely overnight, added

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Experiences with Non-Chemical Control of Woody Invasives

Gerry Hawkes || Forester and Inventor || March 2017 Experiences with Non-Chemical Control of Woody Invasives Over the past 15 years, experiments with the non-chemical control of woody invasives have resulted in effective mechanical and flame treatment methods that, in most cases, are cost competitive and produce quicker, more attractive results than herbicides. Cutting and

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The Old John Vinton Hill Farm

Peter and Julie Parker || Landowners and Tree Farmers || September 2017 The Old John Vinton Hill Farm: The Roots of History and Trees by Peter and Julie Parker There are models of forest balance in America that sustain both wildlife and human habitat. These models composed of trees we revere not only support employment

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Barkskins, and other ramblings

Kathleen Wanner || VT Woodlands || Summer 2017 My Summer Vacation Sound like a back-to-school essay from your grammar school days? As I was walking in the woods this morning with the dog and realizing that September is right around the corner, it struck me that this was the perfect article for our September newsletter.

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Working with a Consulting Forester

Kathleen Wanner || Landowner and Tree Farmer || December 2018 Growing up in suburbia, forester was not in my vocabulary. Climbing the few backyard trees in my neighborhood was as close as I got to the woods. Even living in the woods of Vermont for the last fifty years, it was not really until my

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VWA Profile: Jane Clifford

Jane Clifford is a relatively new member to the Vermont Woodlands Association (VWA). New being she joined about five to six years ago when she met Put Blodgett, our VWA Board President, while working on current use legislation involved with getting other people able to help landowners understand the value of current use. Clifford said

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Forest Industry Summit: Creating a Network

By Christine McGowan, Director Forest Products Network As development creeps into our rural landscapes and woodlot ownership changes hands, our forests face an uncertain future. Vermonters value working landscapes, but do they value the work it takes to keep these landscapes intact? Not unlike other Vermont business sectors, our forest and wood products industry has

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