Vermont Woods Studios has been selected to partner with Franklin Pierce University on their Annual Earth Day Forum in Rindge, New Hampshire.  The event takes place on Tuesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pierce Hall.  It will include information on government and private sector incentives to live a greener lifestyle.  All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as seating is
limited. Please call 603.899.4322 to reserve.

Franklin Pierce University is at the forefront of the green movement
with recent sustainability initiatives including a conversion to wood
pellet heating of campus buildings, elimination of disposable
dinnerware in the cafeteria and initiatives of student groups such as
the ECO Club, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Small
Business Advisory Group (SBA).  We hope to see you at the Forum!

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.

 

Cherry-Moon-Bed Did you know that we are now in the midst of the greatest mass extinction of amphibians since the dinosaurs?  Watch PBS’s Nature Series Frogs:  The Thin Green Line.  You won’t believe how frogs– after being on this planet for more than 250 million years — are now struggling for survival in nearly every one of their habitats around the world.  

As we saw in Jim Andrews’ show on Rattlers, Peepers and Snappers, there is an environmental crisis unfolding in Vermont, but also around the globe.  Where there used to be the calls of frogs, scientists now hear only silence, and this silence is spreading throughout North, South and Central America, Australia and beyone.

What can we do to help one of the most wonderous, diverse and beloved, animals on Earth stop slipping away at such a frightful speed?  Live green, support amphibian conservation projects and visit the Nature website to learn about citizen science monitoring programs like Frog Watch.

We’re working hard to do our part at Vermont Woods Studios too.  Purchase sustainable furniture from our online store and we’ll donate 5% of your purchase to your favorite environmental non-profit.

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.

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.