Spotted-salamander Jim Andrews is one of our favorite forest and wildlife conservationists in Vermont.  Jim is the father of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, an inventory of Vermont's snakes, frogs, salamanders and toads that's essential for forest and wetlands preservation in our state.  We named our Natural Cherry Furniture Collection after Jim and we send a portion of the proceeds from each sale to support his work.

Tonight some of Jim's work will be featured at 7pm on Vermont Public Television in a program called Rattlers, Peepers and Snappers.  In it Jim joins Vermont filmmaker Vince Franke and other local experts throughout New England on a number of "field trips" to document important issues of biology, natural history and more. 

 If you can't see the show tonight, you might want to purchase a copy of the DVD.  Although it's just been released, it's already won wide acclaim, including an honorable mention for Scientific Content at the 32nd International Wildlife Film Festival on May 9-16…quite an honor because the film festival draws entries from the British Broadcasting Corporation, National Geographic, Animal Planet International, and the Nature series on PBS.

Congratulations Jim, Vince Franke and all of the video contributors on a job well done!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Congratulations to our Vermont Woods Studios customers and readers who celebrated Earth hour with a candlelight dinner, a cribbage game or a relaxing chat by the fireside.  You joined hundreds of millions of environmental activists around the globe who made this annual climate change awareness event a phenomenal success.  

Here are some cool pictures on the Earth Hour sponsor’s (World Wildlife Fund) website that show lights out from Sydney to Bejing to New York City.   You can upload and share your own photos, films, blog entries and more.  


We’d love to see your photos too.  Send us pictures of you enjoying a candlelight dinner seated at your  Vermont Woods Studios eco-friendly table and chairs and we’ll send you a $25 gift certificate!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Madagascar Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island, situated off the southeast coast of Africa.  It's home to 17.5 million people and many of the worlds most endangered species–the vast majority of which are found nowhere else on earth.  We've been supporting efforts to save the rainforest in Madagascar  for many years, through the work of World Wildlife Fund, WWF and Conservation International.

I was sad to read in the New York Times today, that political turmoil in Madagascar has led to lawlessness and a situation where the country's last remaining rainforests are being logged by armed gangs of profiteers, clearing rosewood, ebony and other valuable tropical hardwoods.

 
Marojejy National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Madesgar's most strikingly beautiful wild area was closed this month as conditions were too dangerous for park rangers to work in.

Along with the destruction of rainforest lands, may be the disappearance of some of the world's most endangered primates, like the ring tailed lemur and the Silky Sifaka lemur.

 

As woodworkers, part of our job is to educate consumers about the need to avoid use of rainforest woods, particularly the rosewood and ebony that are coming from endangered areas like Madagascar.  If you or someone you know is purchasing wood flooring, furniture or accessories, please encourage them to use sustainably harvested woods originating in the USA.

You might also like to visit Ryan Wilson's Save the Madagascar Rain Forest petition site today and add your signature urging the Madagascar government to cooperate with international effforts to save the rainforest.  Or adopt a lemur from the WWF.  Without our help, scientists estimate that the forest will be depleted in less than 20 years.  You can help prevent that!  Thanks!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 Have you signed the petition calling for a national Do Not Mail Registry to stop the tidal wave of junk mail clogging up our mailboxes?  If you haven't done this yet, maybe you'll do so after taking this short quiz. 

 







 

 


The junk mail industry claims ___  trees a year.

  1. 1 Million
  2. 10 Million
  3. 100 Million

Deforestation contributes more to global warming annually than all the _____ in the world.

  1. Cars
  2. Planes
  3. Trains
  4. Cars + Planes + Trains


Junk mail accounts for ___ percent of USPS mail.

  1. 10 %
  2. 20%
  3. 30%
  4. 75%

Answers:  100 Million,   Cars + Planes + Trains   and   30%

Surveys show that almost 90% of Americans favor the Do Not Mail Registry.  Please join us at Vermont Woods Studios in asking Congress to make it happen, and forward this post to your friends.  Ask them to join us too.  Please use the comments section to let us know if you have signed the petition and we'll keep track of the issue for you.  Thanks!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

We’re asking all of our Vermont Woods Studios customers, vendors and friends to join us this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm in turning out the lights for the Third Annual International Earth Hour.


Earth Hour is World Wildlife Fund‘s global initiative where individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.  Major cities across the US and around the world have committed to participate in Earth Hour 2009.  



Last year,  all seven continents turned out their lights in the largest climate event of all time.  The movement captured the public’s imagination with lights going out at some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including:

  • The Sydney Opera House
  • Bangkok’s Wat Arun Buddhist temple
  • The Coliseum in Rome
  • Stockholm’s Royal Castle
  • New York’s Empire State Building
  • Sears Tower in Chicago and the
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Even Google’s homepage went dark.

 What does Climate Change have to do with Green Furniture and why are we so fired up about this initiative?  


Believe it or not, 20% of global climate change is caused by deforestation.  As woodworkers, we’ve been reaching out to educate others about the need to preserve the forests.  Not just the temperate forests in which we live and work, but particularly, the world’s rapidly disappearing tropical rainforests.  


We all depend on the forests for our survival.  They are the lungs of our planet and house many of our most precious natural resources and endangered species.  Forest preservation is our passion and Earth Hour is a way to symbolize that passion.  We hope you’ll join us!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.