Blazing their own trail: Maverick Farm in Sharon

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Blazing their own trail: Maverick Farm in Sharon

Reprinted with permission of Vermont Land Trust When Arthur Berndt and his late wife, Anne, bought nearly 575 acres in Sharon in 1988, they named the property Maverick Farm after Arthur’s great-great-grandfather, Samuel Augustus Maverick. The elder Maverick, a Texas surveyor in the 19th century, became famous for refusing to brand his cattle, which came

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USDA Declares August Tree Check Month

Urges Public to Look For Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle and Not Move Firewood WASHINGTON, July 23, 2020 —August is the peak time of year to spot the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) as adults emerge from trees. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is declaring August as ‘Tree Check Month.’ Checking trees for the

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Forest Management at the Hinesburg Town Forest: Partnership and Participation

Forest Management Project Engages Hundreds Hinesburg, VT – After two winters of work, an innovative forest management project at the Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF) has been completed. This project not only promoted forest health and the local economy, but has also provided hundreds of Vermonters with opportunities to learn about forests, responsible forest management and Vermont’s

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4th of July

This will not be a typical July 4th weekend with large family BBQs, parades, and outdoor fireworks gatherings. We do, however, hope you will find time to relax and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful weekend with sunshine and moderate temperatures. Sounds like a perfect day for a walk in the woods amid the

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Partners on a Planet

Thoughts on a Land Stewardship Ethic The strength of careful and considerate forestland management originates from the guiding principle of a land stewardship ethic. Our forest, water and wildlife resources are much more than a faceless sterile commodity useful only for conversion to human benefit. Woodlands are a place of dynamics and life – home

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Brothers Protect Family Land in Londonderry

Reprinted with permission of Vermont Land Trust Brothers Jim and Bob Twitchell were born and raised on a farm that has been in their family for 160 years. With sweeping views of the Bromley and Stratton Mountains, the Londonderry land could be desirable for houses. But that’s not what Jim and Bob wanted. Instead, they

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Protecting Wildlife and Award-Winning Woodlands in Derby

Reprinted with permission of Vermont Land Trust In 1973, Kathleen and Allen Yale bought a parcel with open and wooded land and made it their home. They’ve since transformed it—rehabilitating areas that had previously been clear-cut, controlling invasive species, and managing for both timber and wildlife. Allen has done most of the work himself, with

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Managing the Forest to Save a Species

Story by Nadine Berrini; Reprinted with permission from Vermont Land Trust On a perfect summer day, 40 foresters gathered on woodland in Rupert. They were here to learn more about managing forests with ash trees, given the threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The larvae of this invasive beetle chew tunnels under the bark; this

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The Land Belongs to the Future

More than 700 Acres Conserved within Important Wildlife Corridor In the far reaches of northern Vermont lies a massive swath of forest that is an important link between the Green Mountains and the forests of Canada. The Cold Hollow Mountains link up with a wide network of animal habitats stretching from New York to Nova

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Protecting Land for Wildlife

Story by Cathy Donohue, reprinted with permission of Vermont Land Trust Sally Schlueter grew up on a Kansas farm with horses, dogs, and cats. She raised sheep and goats as part of her local 4-H youth club and loved walking along streams and climbing trees. “I was always very connected to being outside and enjoying

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