Happy New Year

From the Woods Blog Posts Archive - Vermont Woodlands Association

Happy New Year

It’s only six days into 2021 but I already feel like I own the hope of a better year ahead. That’s not to say we are out of the woods with Covid – we are not. We are still experiencing rising case counts across the country and many people are experiencing deep economic difficulties. Things

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A Holiday Message from Kathleen

I am in countdown mode …. 7, 6, 5, 4 …. and guardedly optimistic that 2021 will prove to be a better year for us all. I must readily admit that the December holiday season is not one of my favorites, except for the opportunity to bring people together around food. I love to bake

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Member Profile – Stonehenge in Vermont: Jock Irons

Active VWA members and Tree Farmers come in all shapes and sizes, just like their woods. For this issue, we peek in on VWA member and Tree Farmer Jock Irons. Jock was born and raised in Bennington, where he stayed until he finished college. Then he moved to Alaska, where he stayed until moving back

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APHIS changes approach to fight emerald ash borer (EAB)

APHIS has been transparent about the challenges associated with controlling the emerald ash borer   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is changing its approach to fight the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation that has spread through much of the United States. The Agency is publishing a final rule

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Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Resourceful Vermonters have long looked to the forest for wood heat, building materials, and furniture, but Jim Lovinsky, owner of Sylvacurl in East Hardwick, may be among the first to see an alternative to plastic packing peanuts. Sylvacurl manufactures wood curls with poplar,

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Maple Landmark, America’s “Local Toy Company,” Rooted in Family, Forest

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Mike Rainville, founder and owner of Maple Landmark, landed his first wholesale account at age 15, when a traveling salesman noticed the wooden tic-tac-toe boards Mike had for sale at the Lincoln General Store. That was 1979. Today, Maple Landmark supplies wooden toys—including

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Andrews Community Forest Update

Not much progress has been made over the last couple weeks at Andrews, due to wet weather and wet fall soils. The logger has been able to work a couple dry days and dry areas of the forest but probably will not be able to resume full-time work until the ground freezes in December or

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Managing for the Birds at the Catamount Community Forest

by Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester We will be moving forward with some wildlife habitat management work in late December or early January at the Catamount Community Forest in Williston. This will consist of using a “brontosaurus” (a grinder head mounted on an excavator) to grind and fell trees in two areas of the CCF,

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Capitol Christmas Tree set up in Montpelier

The Capitol Christmas Tree this year comes from a property in Wallingford. Len Cadwallader co-owns the Brookvale property with his wife, Mary Ann Cadwallader. The tree farm has been in the family since Len Cadwallader’s grandparents purchased it in the 1930s. Read the full article here. Did you miss the tree coming into the capital?

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A Message from Kathleen

In a normal year, Thanksgiving would be all about desserts – pies, pumpkins, puddings – to satisfy everyone’s sweet or savory palate. It would be a day of earnest preparation for the 20+ people who would show up for a Thanksgiving Feast that would have my little house bulging at the seams. Thanksgiving is my

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