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The Forest Hut is Complete!

On the summer solstice, June 21, students in the Hogback Community College From Forest to Frame at the Waterworks Property in Bristol for the final day of their three-day course. There, under the guidance of master timber framer Will Gusakov and VFF Executive Director David Brynn, they erected a beautiful timber frame forest hut on the Ann Hoover Dam at the Norton Brook Reservoir, made of white pine, maple, and red oak from the surrounding forest.

In the weekends that followed, David Brynn and a few of the students added a metal roof, completing the structure. Come by the Waterworks Property and experience the forest hut for yourself.

See photos of the building process

Fifteen-year Summary Report on Amphibians

Colby Hill Ecological Project (CHEP) herpetologist Jim Andrews and his research team just released their summary findings of reptile and amphibian populations at the CHEP study sites in Lincoln, VT, for 2000-2014. Their report identifies trends in several populations, including red-bellied and garter snakes, eastern red-backed and spotted salamanders, and wood frogs.

Read their report

Learn more about CHEP

A New Season for VFF and LCMM Longboats

Since 2001, Vermont Family Forests has facilitated the process of providing VFF-verified wood to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Rowing Gigs program. Using this wood, Hannaford Career Development Center students team up with LCMM master boatbuilders to craft a beautiful wooden rowing boat each year. VFF's David Brynn just spent time in the woods with this year's Hannaford students, exploring forest health, assessing trees, and selecting pines for boat building that the forest can yield without compromising its health.

Read more about the collaboration between VFF and LCMM here.

View a great video highlighting this long-standing collaboration here.


Celebrate CLEAN WATER!

Get a copy of our new bumper sticker and spread the word about Vermont's premier forest product. Send us a self-addressed stamped envelope and we'll send one your way!

Find VFF's FOREST HEALTH CONSERVATION CHECKLIST here: "Healthy, productive, beautiful forests start with CLEAN WATER"

Lester C. Anderson Photography

Lester C. Anderson's remarkable photos of local and global life graced local galleries in 2014. Now they're available for purchase, with all profits benefitting the Five-Town Friends of the Arts.

View photography portfolio and order forms.

VFF Response to New UVA Requirements for Sugaring

Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (Current Use) program recently released revised standards for maple sugar production on enrolled forests. VFF conservation forester and executive director David Brynn raises a concern that they are unduly restrictive and should be viewed as recommendations and not standards for continued enrollment.

Read the new UVA sugaring standards here
Read David Brynn’s response, "Sweet Freedom and Unity"

View from the Forest: CHEP motion-activated camera

As researchers gear up to begin the 18th field season monitoring the biodiversity and ecological processes on a family forest in Lincoln through the Colby Hill Ecological Project, mammalogist Chris Gray shares highlights of wildlife images captured in 2014 by a motion-activated camera in that forest.

View the photos here

Read more about CHEP

Check out our 2015 Hogback Community College courses!

The spring line-up includes great new offerings, like From Forest to Frame: Introduction to Timber Framing, and back by popular demand, Forest Soils in the Hogback Ecoregion.

For more information

Farming Magazine Features Vermont Family Forests

Check out this story on Vermont Family Forests, featured in the August, 2014, issue of Farming Magazine.

Read the story

VPR Radio Broadcast on Family Forests

On October 27, 2014, VFF Director David Brynn joined VPR host Mitch Wertlieb and VT Forests and Parks Commissioner Michael Snyder to discuss Vermont's family forests--the challenges they face, the role they play in our ecosystem, the state's Current Use program, and more.

Listen to the broadcast!

Protecting Our Water Commons

Conserving our water commons is at the root of ecologically sustainable forestry, resilient forests, and flood-resistant landscapes in the face of the peak flows of a changing climate.

Read David Brynn's remarks to the

Lewis Creek Association 2014 annual meeting.

Toward a Resilient Vermont Forest-based Economy

How do we go about creating a resilient forest-based economy in Vermont? Read our commentary and find out!

Sugaring Time

Check out Sheila McGrory-Klyza's new story in Whisk magazine about the art of maple sugaring at the Brynn family forest. The story not only illuminates the annual family ritual of tapping and boiling sap, but also includes dynamite recipes!

Read it here.

Becoming the New Aboriginals

"For conservationists and land users, understanding and preserving the capacity of the land to be resilient is now job one. Being sustainable is likely yesterday’s story."  

Read more in our article, From Sustainable Forestry to Resilient Forestry.

The Hogback NeighborWood Heating Cooperative!

A vision for producing firewood in a way that is restorative, sustainable, efficient, local, and fair (R-SELF).

Read about it.

Email us if you'd like to receive a hard copy of the HNHC report.

Exploring change within Vermont's Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs

Read Thoughts on VT FP&R's Draft Revisions to the AMPs.

Read VT FP&R's Proposed AMP Revisions_ December 2012 draft.

Read "Restoring Vermont's Forests" VFF in VTSierran.

Read VFF COMMENTS on (April 2012) Proposed Changes to VT AMPs.

Read What Should the New AMPs Look Like?

Read What is a Healthy, Working Forest Landscape?

Read What is a Working Forest?

Site updated: 04/27/15