“Cutting Remarks” with Bill Torrey: A Life in the Woods
February 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join us for a night of storytelling from logger and author Bill Torrey.
Bill Torrey was known as one of the best loggers in Vermont when he walked out of the forest and onto the stage. At 16 years old, Bill began his career under the forest canopy, and did so for 40 years.
Throughout those years, he evolved from a from high-production, high-impact logger to a light-on-the-land steward of the forest. He was deeply involved in the stewardship of the Hinesburg Town Forest, conducting numerous timber harvests and road improvements over the course of 25 years, and is a big reason why the town forest is such an amazing resource for wildlife, recreation, and education today.
Bill’s first book, The Ta Ta Weenie Club, was published in 2016, and his oral storytelling career caught fire. Bill has won three Extempo Vt. Competitions, the VPR Listener’s Appreciation Party StorySlam, the North Country Public Radio Black Fly StorySLAM, four NPR Moth StorySLAMs, and has performed on the NPR Moth Mainstage in Boston. Bill’s latest book, Cutting Remarks: Forty Years in the Forest, chronicles his life earning a living from the green hills of Vermont, with explicitly-told experiences of what it truly requires; physically, mentally, and morally, to slay tall timber from the wooded ridges where his family has lived since 1767.
This event is co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and the Vermont Land Trust, and is part of the Hinesburg Town Forest Committee and the Chittenden County Forester’s ongoing effort to raise awareness around the ongoing forest management in the Hinesburg Town Forest and responsible forestry in general. Feel free to bring your questions about the work underway at the HTF, or about forestry and logging in general.