Forest Health Report for July 2019

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Forest Health Report for July 2019

July:  Hot with Late Boomers Perhaps the most memorable weather-related observations in July were at the tail-end of the month, when severe thunderstorms on July 30 and 31st rocked many locations in Vermont. Considered by many the most intense storm of the summer, damage on July 30th included downed trees and power outages, notably in

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Insect and Disease Observations— June 2019

Forest Health Report || Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation || June 2019 Sweater Weather in June Like May, June featured below-normal temperatures and above normal rainfall. According to weather reporter Matt Sutkoski, the Champlain Valley ended the month near normal temper-ature-wise, but areas away from the lake were cooler. In his July 1 blog,

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China Hardwood Tariffs

China Hardwood Tariffs will depress prices for now, hurt U.S. sawmills. Of the hardwood lumber produced in the U.S., 24 percent is exported to China and 22 percent is exported to other countries. The new retaliation tariff by China on incoming hardwood lumber to their country from the U.S. will eliminate much of the sales

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Retaliatory Tariffs Hit Lumber

Frank Stewart || Executive Director || W. Virginia Forestry Assoc || May 22, 2019 Retaliatory tariffs from China have been a buzzsaw through Appalachian hardwood businesses and the families that own and operate them. The hardwood industry provides an estimated $60 billion economic impact in the 12-state region, but that will change this year because

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Technical Assistance for Working Lands Businesses

The Vermont Legislature launched the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative in 2012. Working Lands funding is available for farm and forest enterprises at start-up and growth stages. In addition to business grants, Working Lands also funds service and technical assistance providers who can help with many types of business and technical services. The  forest and wood

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Northern Long-Eared Bat, Final Ruling

Final Ruling on the Northern Long-Eared Bat Summary The northern long-eared bat population has been devastated by the White Nose Syndrome (WNS) throughout the eastern United States. This disease has caused a mortality rate of up to a 90-100% where present. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has listed the northern

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Workers’ Comp for Loggers

New safety program to help loggers and reduce workers’ comp Governor Phil Scott today announced a new initiative to address the high cost of workers’ compensation insurance for logging contractors in Vermont’s forest economy. The Vermont Logger Safety and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program—developed collaboratively by the Departments of Financial Regulation, Labor and Forests, Parks and

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Forestry Equipment Tax Exemption

Vermont Department of Taxes || June 2019 Tax and this year’s legislation The Vermont Department of Taxes has published the 2019 Legislative Highlights. There were many changes this year. Changes related to taxation in Vermont include: Purchase of controlling interest in real estate Capital gains exclusion cap E-cigarettes Marketplace Facilitators Restricted use of 529 (VHEIP)

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Book Review: Solar Cycle Lumber Kiln

For those of you with sawmills, or who hire someone to do custom sawing for you, sawing is just the first step in turning logs into quality lumber.  The boards have to be stickered, dried, and stored under cover.  One of the ways to increase the income from sawn lumber, especially hardwood lumber, is to

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Book Review: Full Value Forestry

Many of us have complained that the main obstacle to successful forest management is the lack of a market for low quality wood.  Jim  Birkemeier, a forester/woodland owner/wood processor in Wisconsin feels that he has the answer for himself.  He has adopted what economists call vertical integration, in that he engages in every step of

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