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...
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...
Westford Gathers to Celebrate the Maple Shade Town Forest

Westford Gathers to Celebrate the Maple Shade Town Forest

This June, the Westford community had the grand opening of the Maple Shade Forest. Residents and friends gathered to cut the ribbon, take their first walk on the land, and celebrate the protection of scenic stretch of farmland, forestland, and stone walls of the...
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.

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Branon Family Maple Orchards: Then and Now

Located on the outskirts of Fairfield Village, Branon Family Maple Orchards has become one of the larger maple sugar producers in the state. Since purchasing the dairy farm from his father 35 years ago, and faced with keeping up with a shifting dairy industry, Tom and...