Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
The Town of Hinesburg will host a night of storytelling, discussion and education about the Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF), an 864-acre municipal forest owned by the Town since the 1950’s and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The event takes place on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Hinesburg Town Hall.
Originally comprised of abandoned hill-farms, the HTF is now a treasured municipal resource, managed for timber, recreation, wildlife, hunting, education and other uses. It has been the site of innovative forest management for decades, and hosts a much-loved trail network used by hikers, runners, wildlife watchers and mountain bikers from across the state and beyond.
The HTF History Night panelists will include: Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and former Chittenden County Forester who planned and oversaw several timber harvests and road projects at the HTF; David Brynn, Executive Director of Vermont Family Forests, former Addison County Forester, and author of the HTF’s 1986 Forest Management Plan; Bill Torrey, renowned storyteller, author and logger who harvested timber on the HTF for decades; Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper, who currently helps manage the HTF; and Jean Miner of the Hinesburg Historical Society.
The innovative management of the HTF continues today; the HTF is currently the site of active timber harvesting supervised by Tapper and harvested by Hinesburg logger Tim Brown in accordance with the property’s Forest Management Plan. The goals of this project, which will continue through winter 2019-20, are to improve forest health and wildlife habitat while demonstrating responsible, modern forest management and the production of local, renewable resources in an open, inclusive and transparent way. This project is designed to give the public ample opportunities to engage with this important aspect of Vermont’s working landscape.
For anyone interested in history, the Hinesburg Town Forest, forests, or forest management, this evening promises to be enlightening, interesting and entertaining. Bring your questions and your HTF stories to share!
To learn more about the management of the HTF, recent forest management plans, ecological inventories and other documents can be found at the Hinesburg Town Forest Committee’s page of the Town of Hinesburg’s website athttp://www.hinesburg.org/townforestcomm.html.