February 19th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios is forest stewardship and a big part of that is protection of endangered species that call the forest their home. We have a particular soft spot for cats. Did you know that all of the worlds "big cats" are critically endangered? In the case of tigers, experts estimate there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Three subspecies have been driven to extinction in the past century alone.
One of our favorite non-profits, the World Wildlife Fund is trying to save the tiger. With the Chinese lunar calendar having just rolled us into the Year of the Tiger, they have developed a plan to secure a future for these magnificent big cats.
Check out Tx2. The goal is to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. If you want to help, read more about it here and take action to save this iconic species of the forest.
September 30th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
If you haven't been able to watch Ken Burn's new film on America's National Parks, it's not too late. This is a six episode series and every nature lover will want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, interesting history and urgent call to action that Burns presents. At Vermont Woods Studios being a wood furniture maker, we're particularly interested in the issues of sustainable forestry in the national parks.
One of our favorite national parks mentioned in this film series is Sequoia National Forest. Sequoias are the largest trees ever to inhabit the earth, growing to heights of 300 feet and diameters of 30 feet! Their ages commonly range from 2,000 to 3,000 years. Some were 1000 years old during the time of Christ!
Although once widespread, giant sequoias now occur only in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California. If you have literally 2 minutes to spare, you can take action to protect the Giant Sequoias and other ancient forest in America. Visit Save America's Forests, click on Instant Letter and in 2 minutes or less you can send a letter to your representatives in Congress asking them to stop destructive forms of logging, such as clearcutting, and to protect ecologically important forest areas such as Ancient forests and roadless forests.
Then pat yourself on the back for doing an awesome job in protecting the environment and fighting global warming!
April 16th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Been waiting to purchase that fine furniture you’ve been lusting after all these many months or even years? Well, wait no more! Here’s a great reason to finalize your decisions and get your house in order today.
Vermont Woods Studios is launching it’s Fifteen Percent For the Forest initiative and Eco Furniture Sale. From Earth Day, April 22 until the Summer Solstice on June 21, 15% percent of the profits from all furniture purchased will be donated to charitable organizations working to protect the forest environment.
Choose which organization you would like to benefit from your purchase, including our favorites:
Or suggest your own favorite. As long as it is a bonafide non-profit organization, working to preserve forestlands, it’s good to go. Give us a call at 888-390-5571 for more details.
Start your shopping today! It takes awhile to find the perfect furniture for your space, especially if you have any customization in mind. The initiative ends in June. What are you waiting for?
February 14th, 2008 by Peggy Farabaugh
In September, 2006, I was very fortunate to be able to join with Gerry Cooklin , Susan Inglis and a small group of visionary leaders in the furniture industry to talk about the unique status the furniture industry has as the main consumer of the forest’s most precious species. That was the birth of a non-profit now called the Sustainable Furniture Council, FSC. We are now over 100 members strong, all working to educate consumers and promote sustainable practices in our industry. Vermont Woods Studios is proud to be a founding member of this world-changing group.