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Woods Whys Explores Hows and Whys of Forests and Forestry

Woods Whys: New Book by Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Explores the Hows and Whys of Forests and Forestry MONTPELIER, VT – Have you ever wondered how trees “come back to life” in spring? Why paper birches are so white? Or which trees make the best firewood? A new book by Vermont’s Commissioner of Forests,

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Guide to Current Use

Do you own forestland in Vermont? Is it at least 25 acres? Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) program, also called “Current Use” or “Land Use,” enables landowners who practice long-term forest management to have their enrolled land appraised for property taxes based on its value for forestry rather than its fair market (development) value. When

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New Cap on Capital Gains Exclusion

New cap on capital gains exclusion The existing 40% exclusion for capital gains will be capped at $350,000 under Act 71, Sec. 1, effective July 1, 2019. This means that any gain above $875,000 will be taxed at standard income tax rates. Taxpayers who are considering a sales of a large capital asset may want

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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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Harvesting Biomass from Your Woods

INTRODUCTION Forests have always been an important part of life in New England. In fact, for as long as people have lived here, they have looked to the forests to meet their needs, including heat and energy. Though the challenges we face may differ in scale and complexity from those of our ancestors, we continue

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Loss of Undeveloped Woodland in VT

New Report Highlights Loss of Undeveloped Woodland in VT A new report by the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) highlights the increasing loss of undeveloped woodland tracts in Vermont through parcelization, the breaking up of land into smaller and smaller parcels. The phenomenon of parcelization, which usually occurs through subdivision, is gaining momentum, and subsequent

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Forest Stand Improvement

Forest Stand Improvement Using Pre-Commercial Treatments Introduction Forest stand improvement refers to pre-commercial treatments designed to improve the species mix, stem quality and rate of growth of young forests. When these treatments are focused only on improving future timber quality, they are sometimes called timber stand improvement (or t.s.i.). When forests establish naturally on abandoned

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Water Wise Woodlands

Do you wonder what you can do for your woods to protect water quality and mitigate flooding? Vermont Woodlands worked in partnership with the Central VT Regional Planning Commission, Friends of the Winooski, and Conservation Commissions in Cabot, Plainfield, and Marshfield to develop tools and resources designed to help landowners in the upper Winooski Watershed

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Forest Sector Systems Analysis: Exploring New Market Opportunities Across Value Chains

Exploring New Market Opportunities Across Value Chains: The Working Lands Enterprise Board contracted with Yellow Wood Associates to undertake a sector-wide systems analysis. The Board wanted to improve its understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the sector in order to inform its strategic investments through annual grant making. It has been the blueprint for

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