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Conserving The Health Of Our Local Forest Community

Five-Town Forest

Vermont Family Forests’ hometown of Bristol is closely connected with four surrounding communities—Lincoln, Starksboro, Monkton, and New Haven. This five-town area boundary defines central aspects of our community identity—our high school, for instance, draws students from this five-town area. VFF uses this same geographic boundary to define what we call the Five-Town Forest, which encompasses all forestlands within that boundary. We are working with community members to further our collective understanding of the health of this forest, as well as the abilities and limitations of this forest to meet the many demands we place upon it.

In the fall of 2010, David Brynn co-taught a senior seminar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. Students undertook a research study that focused on the Five-town Forest and specifically addressed the subject of “Conserving Water Quality While Harvesting More Forest Biomass in the Headwaters of the Five-town Forest.”

You can watch a video of their final presentation, or read their final report, which we will upload as soon as it is available.