A New Need for an Old Tradition: Hunters help Vermont’s forests

A New Need for an Old Tradition: Hunters help Vermont’s forests

Maple sugar maker Ed Smith is intimately acquainted with the 150-plus protected acres surrounding his home in Rockingham. He has been walking the hilly property ever since he was a 12-year-old boy. Now 62, Ed helps manage the forests and fields, including promoting...
A New Town Forest for Richmond

A New Town Forest for Richmond

The town of Richmond now has a 428-acre town forest where people can recreate and wildlife can thrive. The land was long part of the Andrews family’s Gray Rocks Farm. When the four Andrews siblings wanted to sell most of the land, they decided to work with VLT. One...
A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest

A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest

A 360-Degree View for Newbury: Town Celebrates New Town Forest The top of Tucker Mountain in Newbury was cleared for pastures in 1810 and has remained open ever since. These grassy meadows have 360-degree views, abundant wildflowers, and excellent habitat for nesting...
Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Back in May I was taking my cameras for a walk on 90 acres of conserved land on the shore of South Pond in Marlboro. When I stuck my head through the thicket of speckled alders on the pond edge, I was surprised to see two loons...
Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Rethinking Milkweed: Pesky intruder or cash crop?

Milkweed, long considered little more than a pesky intruder, could become a profitable crop for Vermont farmers. Research being led by University of Vermont plant agronomist Heather Darby suggests that the white, fluffy floss produced by the plant’s seed pods has...