Autumn is an exciting season in Vermont! Travelers from all over the world journey here to see our maple trees all dressed up in their most vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. What people don’t see is the behind the scenes activity of Vermont’s land-owners and forestry professionals that keeps Vermont’s woodlands healthy for future generations.
At Vermont Woods Studios our professional forester, Lynn Levine is the key person who helps us steward the 109 acres of woodland in our care. Lynn is an environmental educator, tracker and a consulting forester. She visited us yesterday to jump start a logging process that will thin out our woodlands, making healthier habitat for resident wildlife. While here, Lynn dropped off a couple copies of her new book on tracking mammals in Vermont:
Another professional who works behind the scenes to keep Vermont’s woodlands alive and healthy is Kathleen Wanner. Kathleen is the Executive Director of the Vermont Woodlands Association and also of the Vermont Wood Manufacturer’s Association. She provides leadership and guidance in many of Vermont’s forest conservation programs including the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. Today we received our American Tree Farm Certification which was facilitated by Kathleen. This is an independent third party testament to our application of 8 standards of sustainability on our land.
Vermont is lucky to have many dedicated forestry professionals and land owners who are passionate about conserving our woodlands for future generations. It’s not an easy job, as unsustainable development is certainly tempting and lucrative in the short term.
So as you’re out enjoying the beautiful Fall colors of Vermont’s woodlands, keep in mind the connection between sustainable management of the forest and the wood products you may purchase. Wood furniture, flooring, firewood, dimensional lumber, wood pellets, paper and maple syrup are all products that rely on sustainable forest management. Support the efforts of Vermont’s sustainable forestry industry by asking vendors where your forest products come from and if they are certified as sustainable.
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