Managing Our Woodlands for Climate Change, Carbon and Resiliency

Managing Our Woodlands for Climate Change, Carbon and Resiliency

We depend on our forests for a wide range of values and benefits, from the services they provide like clean water and wildlife habitat to the products they produce  from maple sap and sawtimber.  Climate change is having an impact on Vermont’s forests and the ways we interact with them.  In this series, we will offer educational programs to help landowners understand how climate change is impacting our forests, the critical role forests play in sequestering and strong carbon and explore strategies to helping to manage our forests towards a resilient future.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Demystifying Forest Carbon: Unpacking the Dynamics of Forest Carbon in Vermont’s Woods

Monday, September 11th
5:00 pm – 6:15pm
Online
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The role of Vermont’s forests in storing and sequestering carbon has been a hot topic lately. In this webinar, we will explore the story of forest carbon in Vermont. We will discuss the basics of the forest carbon cycle and explore how and where carbon is sequestered and stored in our forests. Finally, we will explore the role of sustainable forest management and how managing for a diversity of goals and objectives can influence carbon sequestration and storage. Join us for this opportunity to unpack and demystify Vermont’s forest carbon story. Bring your questions! *SAF credits pending.
Presenter: Dr. Coeli Hoover, Research Ecologist, USFS, Northern Research Station

Walk in the Woods: Caring for the Woods with Birds and Carbon in Mind

Saturday, September 16th
10:00 am – 12:00pm
Sharon, VT
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Join us for a walk through an actively managed forest. Our guides will be Markus Bradley, Redstart Natural Resource Management, Galen Mudgett, Sharon Town Historian, and John Manchester, landowner as we discover the history of the land while exploring how this woodland has been actively managed over the years.

Climate Adaptation in the Woods: A Field Day

Sunday, September 17th
9:00am-3:00pm
Mud Pond, Greensboro, VT
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What does climate adaptation mean for Vermont’s forests? Join us for an interactive, hands-on day of exploring, sharing and learning about the many ways woodland owners can increase the resiliency of our forests to the changes in our climate.

The day will include guided walks and interactive activities on the following topics:

  • Planting climate adapted species
  • Improving songbird habitat
  • Managing for invasive species
  • Registration is $15 for VWA members; $20 for non-members*. Registration fee includes a boxed lunch. *SAF credits pending.

This event is sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Land Trust, Audubon Vermont and Center for Northern Woodlands Education. The event is made possible by support from the Irwin Post Speaker Fund at Center for Northern Woodlands Education. *Financial assistance is available, please email Kate Forrer for more information at director@vermontwoodlands.org

Woods Walk: Managing for Forest Carbon through Family Forest Carbon Program

Thursday, September 28th
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Sleepy Hollow Inn, Huntington, VT
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Join Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) and Vermont Woodlands Association for a woods tour of a FFCP enrolled property.

Come learn about managing your woodlands for wildlife, recreation and forest health while sequestering and storing carbon. Meet with the partners behind the Family Forest Carbon Program, developed by the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. Lunch is provided. This event is free, but registration required.

Participants will:

  • Learn about managing your woodlands for forest carbon
  • Get information on the Family Forest Carbon Program
  • Connect with other woodland owners and professionals interested in managing with climate and carbon in mind, and
  • Meet woodland owners currently enrolled in the Family Forest Carbon Program

This event is sponsored by American Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Vermont Woodlands Association.

Woods Walk: Managing for Forest Carbon through Family Forest Carbon Program

Saturday, September 30th
10am-2pm
Grafton, VT
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Join Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) and Vermont Woodlands Association for a woods tour of a FFCP enrolled property.

Come learn about managing your woodlands for wildlife, recreation and forest health while sequestering and storing carbon. Meet with the partners behind the Family Forest Carbon Program, developed by the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. Lunch is provided. This event is free, but registration required.
Participants will:

  • Learn about managing your woodlands for forest carbon
  • Get information on the Family Forest Carbon Program
  • Connect with other woodland owners and professionals interested in managing with climate and carbon in mind, and
  • Meet woodland owners currently enrolled in the Family Forest Carbon Program

This event is sponsored by American Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Vermont Woodlands Association.

Caring for Our Forests in a Changing Climate

Tuesday, October 3rd
5pm-7pm
Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston
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Join Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, and Ali Kosiba, UVM Extension for an evening stroll through an active timber harvest at the Catamount Community Forest. We will discuss role of active forest management in creating resilience, adaptive, healthy forests in the face of changing climate, while also managing to improve wildlife habitat, and create old growth characteristics. During the walk, we will share the 12 Steps of Managing Your Forests with Climate Change in Mind, a new resource from VWA, VT FPR and UVM Extension.

 

Questions? Contact Kate Forrer at director@vermontwoodlands.org; or call 802-747-9700.