Every year the United Nations proclaims March 21 the International Day of Forests. As wood furniture makers, we’ve always been focused on forest conservation so today is a day to celebrate at Vermont Woods Studios. What better reason to plant a tree? But, it’s a little chilly here & there’s still a foot of snow on the ground so we’re collaborating with our friends at Forests for Monarchs FFM. Together we’ll plant 100 trees in the monarch butterfly’s forested over-wintering habitat in Mexico. If you want to join the celebration, check out FFM’s website where they’ll plant 2 trees for every dollar you donate.
2017 Theme: Forests & Energy
Each year there’s a different theme for today’s holiday and this year it’s all about how much energy the forest stores and provides. The forest is Nature’s powerhouse. Did you know that 40% of today’s global renewable energy supply comes from the forest? That’s as much as solar, hydro and wind combined! Forests fuel people too:
The Need for Forest Conservation
Our forests are in distress. Rainforests alone are disappearing at a rate of >80,000 acres/day. Because of that some 135 plant, animal and insect species are going extinct every day. At Vermont Woods Studios we’re doing our part to raise awareness about the urgency of forest conservation. We plant at least 1 tree for every order we take. Last week I calculated the total number of trees we’ve planted since we started our business in 2005. Guess how many? Over 47,000 trees! Our goal is to plant another 5000 trees in 2017.
Last Friday I traveled to Becancour, Quebec with our friend Jose Luis Alvarez for the 1st International Symposium on American Silk (aka milkweed). The symposium was put together by Francois Simard. He’s a textiles engineer who’s developing technologies to use milkweed fibers as a down substitute in winter jackets. Francois is trying to persuade farmers to plant milkweed as a commercial crop in the USA and Canada.
Join us in Montreal for a discussion on Monarchs, Milkweed and Where we go from here.
Our friend, Francois Simard of Encore 3, is hosting the first ever International Monarch Symposium on the Silk of America. Silk of America? Yes, that’s the new and improved name for milkweed! The symposium will focus on the topic of monarch butterfly habitat conservation in the USA and Canada.
Our latest effort to expand monarch butterfly and pollinator habitats in Vermont: seed bombs
The monarch’s have returned to Mexico and we’re in that annual limbo of Fall weather in New England. So, it could seem odd that we’re talking about growing milkweed in November, but now is actually the perfect time to get your seeds outside for the Spring.
Monarch Habitat Restoration in the USA, Mexico & Canada
Last week Mexican monarch butterfly conservationist, Jose Luis Alvarez & Canadian entrepreneur, Francois Simard joined Megan & me for our Save the Monarch Butterfly tour of New England. We stopped at 8 venues from Boston to Philadelphia, and then wrapped it up with a visit to monarch researcher, Dr Lincoln Brower in Virginia.