Andrews Community Forest Update

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Andrews Community Forest Update

by Ethan Tapper  While the weather is slowing us down, we’ve been able to make this process, and logs are starting to pile up on the “log landing.” A log landing, also called a “landing,” “log yard” or “header” is generally an open flat area, accessible by log trucks. On the landing, trees are cut

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Science Annex construction and Workforce Development project at a glance

The Science Annex will be Vermont’s first “mass timber” building. Mass timber is an umbrella term for engineered wood products used in commercial construction. Glue-laminated timber, cross laminated timber, nail laminated timber, heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems are being used to build office spaces, hockey rinks, university buildings and other large

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Novel canine scent detection program holds promise in PA’s fight against Spotted Lanternfly

A new pilot training program from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) points to a promising solution in Pennsylvania’s efforts to thwart the Spotted Lanternfly. By utilizing scent detection dogs to identify Spotted Lanternfly egg masses, Penn Vet researchers hope to proactively neutralize the destructive insects before they become a fully realized

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SPEAR-O: On the Tie that Binds

by Leo Laferriere Connectedness is a long word and a little hard to say. But it’s a relatively recent word we English-speakers have come up with to describe a sense of belonging to or having an affinity with something, an ability to experience and be familiar with something we’re curiously already knowledgeable about and pleasantly

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ARS scientists seek answers from Spotted Lanternfly dispersal

WASHINGTON — The black spots and beautiful colors can be deceiving. At first glance, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a beautiful insect whose colors mimic the beloved ladybug with its polka-dotted outer wings and red hind wing. But this is not the family-friendly insect that people love to see crawling on their wrist or

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Secret weapon to stop invasive honeysuckle: Satellites

One common invasive species is so widespread that you can see it from space. The University of Cincinnati found that satellite imagery can identify nonnative and invasive Amur honeysuckle, an ornamental shrub introduced from Asia that has spread in forests across much of the United States. READ MORE [photo by Denis Conover]

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Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund   In every industry, there are individuals who set the bar. In Vermont’s forest products industry, two of those individuals are Brian Lafoe and his son-in-law, Stan Parker, owners of Lafoe Logging. Last year, Lafoe Logging was named “Northeast Region Outstanding Logger” by

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Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

The Cold Hollow Carbon project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is the first co-op model in the country to successfully enter a voluntary carbon market. By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund   Long valued for timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, and solace, Vermont’s forests are being recognized for providing another, more

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TRIBUTE TO PUTNAM “PUT” BLODGETT; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 139 (Senate – August 05, 2020)

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, Putnam ”Put” Blodgett’s lifetime of service to the Vermont forest industry deserves special recognition. Put personified the essence, values, and traditions of what makes Vermont special. Put’s family moved to a Bradford, VT, dairy farm during the height of the Great Depression. He attended Dartmouth College and returned home in 1953

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