Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — You know what’s great about the conserved Retreat Farm in Brattleboro? Just about everything. Sure, it is over 450 acres of conserved forestland, farmland, and water—right in the heart of the seventh largest town in Vermont....
Pieter’s Lens – Following a Loon Family on South Pond

Pieter’s Lens – Following a Loon Family on South Pond

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Earlier this year, I took at photo of a loon displaying on South Pond in Marlboro. Apparently the courtship that accompanied that display was convincing, as the loons I saw that day now have two chicks. All of the shoreline of...
Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area Expanded

Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area Expanded

The Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located on the Mount Tabor–Danby line directly west of the Green Mountain National Forest. With its flat fields, rocky foothills, cold-water creek, and associated wetlands, it has become a favorite spot for hunting,...
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...
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...