A healthy forest is a community of life. People are members of that community.
Wildness is essential to the well-being of the whole forest community. Rotting logs, wind-felled trees, standing snags, large-diameter legacy trees—all are part of a healthy forest.
People can work in and harvest from the forest in ways that encourage its health and wildness—mutually beneficial relationship at its best.
Clean water. Clean air. Beauty. Firewood. Wildlife habitat. Peace and solitude. Timber. Maple syrup. Soul restoration. Carbon sequestration. Just a few of the gifts of a healthy, rewilding forest.

Illustration generously shared courtesy Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont, 2005, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and The Nature Conservancy

Welcome to Vermont Family Forests

Everything our little organization does begins and ends with forest health. Whether we are meeting with a landowner to help them develop a forest conservation plan, or hosting a workshop on light-on-the-land forestry, or stoking the fires of engagement and conversation with pizzas baked in our wood-fired earth oven, we are guided by the intention to grow the health and wholeness of the forest community.

  • Where We Work

  • Consulting Forestry

  • Forestry Reimagined

The Latest Posts from Rewilding Happen(ings):

Mutually Beneficial Relationship and Chainsaw Training

Vermont Family Forests has hosted “Game of Logging” chainsaw training courses for almost 20 years, taught by the top-notch instructors...  MORE>read more

Exploring the Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

Joyful curiosity. That’s the spirit Mike Kessler embodies as he explores the art of wildlife tracking. Last Friday, 16 of...  MORE>read more

Walking a Timber Sale Boundary: Pondering the Differences

by David Brynn  In late October of 2017, a strong storm out of the southeast blew over hundreds of trees...  MORE>read more

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