Deer We've had lots of calls from customers wanting to help Keep Vermont Clean and Green by voicing their opposition to the Agency of Natural Resource's (ANR) proposed rule on All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) use on state forests and wetlands.  Although the public comment period is closed it's not too late to voice or pen your opinion. 

A Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, LCAR will be meeting to discuss and sign-off on the proposed rule, probably in the Fall.  We are asking interested customers and readers to contact the Chair of LCAR, Mark MacDonald (mmacdonald@leg.state.vt.us) or (802-433-5867) to register their opposition to allowing ATV trails on state land.  

Your opinion counts!  Review the Proposed ATV Rule first then contact Senator MacDonald with the reasons why you oppose it.  If you have any specific alternatives to the rule, offer them up–that's always very effective.

Thanks for reading and taking action on this important issues that greatly affects Vermont's future.  Let us know if you get a response from LCAR.

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Bolton-desk2 I love this new handmade contemporary curved desk!  It's shown in solid natural cherry with contrasting ebonized base and drawer pulls.  The rounded back and curved front are designed for supreme comfort and style.  

Bolton-desk2-tray A pull-out drawer is the perfect place to conceal your keyboard or laptop, providing functionality when you need it, and an elegant uncluttered look when your computer is not in use. 

Four full sized drawers offer plenty of storage for pens, pencils, pads and small equipment while 2 pull out file drawers provide storage space for all your legal or letter size files.

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I’m horrified that Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources’ (ANR) is proposing to establish All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails on state land.  I wrote a letter to the editor of our local Brattleboro Paper, The Reformer and also wrote to Warren Coleman, head of ANR.  I’m asking our friends and customers to do the same. 

Here’s the situation, as I see it. In spite of much research that’s been done to characterize the extent of damage that ATVs do to our environment, the political leaders at ANR trudge ahead in encouraging and expanding their use.  Even if you want to put science aside, plain common sense reveals that noisy, gas-powered ATVs are polluting our air and water, damaging our land and disturbing our wildlife.  No one legitimately disputes that. Clearly ANRs decision is not about conservation.  

We all know that expanding ATV use is bad for the environment.  The decision is about Vermont's economy.  In the short term, one might argue that it's good for the economy and will bring in ATV tourists from neighboring states.  However, ANR must consider the negative, long term economic effects that go with such a decision.  Vermonters have worked hard over the years, and indeed generations, to establish a clean, green state that values environmental conservation over short-term economic gain.  

Vermont's green identity or brand, if you will, has great value in terms of tourism, green products and green businesses.  

 

Please urge ANR to consider the damage they will be doing to Vermont's green brand by increasing the use of ATVs in our state.  The long term consequences of such a decision will be devastating to the state's economy and wildlife, as well as to the quality of our air, water and land.  

 

There is still time to email ANR and say NO to Establishment of ATV Trails on State land.  Send your email to warren.coleman@state.vt.us today.  The deadline for comments is Monday, June 22.

 

Thanks for your help in keeping Vermont clean and green!

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Pop-up entertainment center Everyone loves to talk about Furniture Trends.  Are Entertainment Centers getting smaller as our AV equipment shrinks in size?  Or bigger as we move toward consolidating our media, electronics, books and chotchky all into one space?  The statistics indicate we're going smaller, especially for people who live in Manhattan and other cities where space is at a premium. 

On the other hand, many people who have the space are looking for larger furniture to house their Big Screen TVs and conceal their media as well.

Cherry-moon-tv-console-160 More importantly though, people want their entertainment centers to look and function exactly as needed.  Customized entertainment centers are becoming more and more popular as people discover made-to-order furniture specialists who are happy to add a few inches of width, or scale down the height of a cabinet, or add extra drawers, shelves etc. 

Why not get exactly what you want?  After all, your furniture is an investment that can enhance your lifestyle and help provide a calming, soothing atmosphere for you and your family.  Make the most of it!

Perhaps the only Furniture Trend you need to be concerned with is the one towards better adaptation to the features in your home and complete enjoyment of the precious time you spend there.

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Barn-sideboard-sink-2 We were floored by your thoughtful, helpful responses to our Vermont Woods Studios website usability survey (Click here …it's not too late if you haven't participated yet).  THANK YOU so much for the feedback, suggestions, comments, ENCOURAGEMENT and general support for our green mission and handmade furniture.  

I thought you might be interested in some of the improvements we're working on in response to your suggestions:

*   Enhanced website design

*   Better search capabilities

*   Larger, higher quality photos

*   More photos of design details

*   Greater product detail, including dimensions

*   Better definition of sale timelines

*   Enhanced navigation with Quick Links at the bottom of each page

*   Darker text for hyper links

*   Larger fonts for product options

*   Larger selection of products

We're also looking carefully at our FREE shipping policy.  Many of you loved it and others felt like they would rather see lower prices.  This deserves a separate blog entry or two, so will save it for later. 

It's not an overnight process, but we hope to have a significantly upgraded website available by the end of the summer.  After that, we'll still have many improvements on our wish list for the next upgrade, but even so, we think you'll see a great improvement by this Fall.

If you haven't filled ou the survey yet, it's not too late!  Click here, share your thoughts and get a $50 gift certificate for use on your favorite piece of Vermont Woods Studios handmade furniture.  Thanks again for all your help!  Keep your suggestions coming.

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