New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

New Milkweed Farm Starts Up in Alburgh

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance to farmers, since its sap is toxic to livestock. But now it is showing agrarian promise as a cash crop. The fine fibers that accompany the seeds, known as floss, have excellent insulative properties and can also be used to...
Pieter’s Lens – An important time to learn more about ash trees

Pieter’s Lens – An important time to learn more about ash trees

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — I was recently reminded that ash trees are dioecious (pronounced die-EESH-iss). That is just a fancy way of saying there are male ash trees and female ash trees. For most of the year you can’t tell them apart, but right now it...
Pieter’s Lens  – A Red Eft Sighting

Pieter’s Lens – A Red Eft Sighting

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Red efts are the juvenile stage of the eastern newt. Did you know newts can live up to 15 years? That means a newt year is roughly equivalent to a dog year. This one climbed to the top of a coltsfoot leaf. What do you suppose...
Vermont Forest Carbon Report Released

Vermont Forest Carbon Report Released

With funding from the High Meadows Fund and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board—the Vermont Land Trust commissioned a study to examine the feasibility of Vermont landowners incorporating the sale of carbon offsets into their forest management plans.The new...
Managing forests with carbon in mind

Managing forests with carbon in mind

Vermont’s forests are full of significance. They are spaces for work, play, and reflection; they reward careful stewardship with food for our tables, wood for building and heating our homes, and in spring, sweet maple syrup. 

Sometimes harder to see, but no less real, are benefits like clean water and air, connected habitat, and protection from increasingly severe storms.