Join the Vermont Tree Farm Program for two events this August. On Saturday, August 12 from 8:30 am- 2:30 pm join us for a tour of the Stoner Family Tree Farm with David and Jenny Stoner, the 2017 Vermont Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The Stoner Family Tree Farm is a 361 acre Certified Tree Farm (VT Tree Farm #1591) in Greensboro, Vermont. The event begins at 8:30 am, with a welcome at 9 am. The tours depart at 9:30 am. At 11:30 am there will be a networking around the tent, and at 12:30 pm lunch will be served around the pond. Following lunch, at 1:30 pm there will be an awards ceremony and presentations.
The Stoners have implemented a variety of habitat management practices with assistance from their consulting forester, their county forester, the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), and much more. The Stoners have been an educational asset and role model to their community and family members in their efforts to fulfill the four tenants of the American Tree Farm System: wildlife, water, recreation, and wood.
As part of the Tree Farm Tour, there will be three different morning tours of the property, beginning at 9:30 am, that attendees are encouraged to register for. The Wildlife Habitat Management and Land Use History tour will explore over two decades of work done to improve habitat; release and pruning of more than 300 wild apples, planting berries and fruits, mowing fields and maintaining edges, 2-acre clearcuts to regenerate early successional species and a beech tree release in a sugar bush. In addition, the tour will visit a farm site where a culvert was replaced to meet the Acceptable Management Practices standards. This tour will be on easy to moderate terrain with trails.
The second tour, Silviculture and Natural Communities, will venture on more moderate to difficult mostly off-trail terrain to the top of the hill through one of Vermont’s more interesting natural communities, enriched northern hardwoods. Then walk through two thinnings to five, two-acre patch cuts laid out to the standards of Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) to improve habitat and regenerate hardwoods in insect damaged areas.
The third tour will focus on “Multiple Use Tree Farm Management”, and explore how the Stoner Family Tree Farm encourages multiple use of the forest and implements the goal of the American Tree Farm System. This tour will observe where the management has produced wood, provided recreational opportunities, preserved water quality, and improved wildlife habitat. There will be a stop to look at the Babcock Farm foundation and cover easy to moderate terrain along ski trails maintained by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
The Tree Farm Tour is $20 for adults and $10/child 14 and younger (non-refundable). Registration deadline: August 4, 2017, and requires registration. (Note: 2 Category 1 CFE credits will be available for foresters.) Please register online at www.vermontwoodlands.org, by email at email@example.com, or by calling the Vermont Woodlands Association at (802) 747-7900.
A second Tree Farm event will take place on Saturday, August 26 at 11 am. This 7th Annual Walk in the Woods Tree Farm Tour will be held at Pfälzerwald Tree Farm at 1619 Berry Hill Road in Sheffield, VT. This Certified Tree Farm is owned by Al Roberston, a woodland owner, Vermont Tree Farmer, Vermont Woodlands Association Board Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Vermont Tree Farm Program.
Come explore “selective retention” on old, scraggly maple trees, and see some work in progress. There will be an opportunity to observe wildlife and learn about how we can make forests healthier and more resilient to climate change. Also, learn about the Vermont Land Trust’s 40th Anniversary and ask some woodland experts on ideas for how we can help you with your ideas for your woodlot and woodlands.
This field event will be rain or shine and is free. There will be mild to moderate hiking on rough trails and some newer trails, so pack accordingly. There will be light refreshments after the walk, but please bring enough water and snacks. No registration is required, but donations to the Vermont Woodlands Association or Vermont Tree Farm Committee are strongly encouraged.
Tree Farmers are woodland stewards who share a common love for and connection to their land and who proudly display the Tree Farm sign, a nationally recognized symbol of sustainable forestry. The program is third party certified. Tree Farm foresters work with landowners to enroll their properties in the program and write management plans that address the four tenets of Tree Farm: wildlife, water, recreation, and wood. They update plans and complete on-site inspections as required. Tree Farmers and Tree Farm foresters can be proud of their commitment to stewardship. If you see a “green and white” Certified Tree Farm sign, know that it is a sign of good forestry. For more information about the Tree Farm program or to inquire about becoming a Tree Farmer visit www.vermonttreefarm.org, contact the administrative office at 802-747-7900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Tree Farm System is a program of the American Forest Foundation. Vermont’s state program is sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association (VWA). There are approximately 500 Tree Farmers in the state and nearly 100 Tree Farm certified foresters. The American Tree Farm System® is a network of 82,000 family forest owners sustainably managing 24 million acres of forestland. ATFS is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in the United States, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards.
VWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to advocate for the management, sustainability, perpetuation, and enjoyment of forests through the practice of excellent forestry that employs highly integrated management practices that protect and enhance both the tangible and intangible values of forests - including clean air and water, forest products, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, recreation, scenic beauty, and other resources - for this and future generations. Visit www.vermontwoodlands.org for events in your area or to become a member.