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Ecological Forestry Supplies

Vermont Family Forests Ecoforestry Supplies

Vermont Family Forests Bumper sticker

Spread the word about VFF with our 3" x 5" bumper sticker. FREE with any donation to Vermont Family Forests. Thank you for your support!

Vermont Family Forests Turned Hardwood Pens

Commemorate a special occasion, pen your memoirs—or your to-do list—with these elegant turned hardwood pens, made by local artisan Louise Brynn from spalted maple, spalted birch, red cedar and other woods harvested from carefully tended Vermont forests. $25.00. Contact VFF, 453-7728. Custom designs, branding available.








Vermont Family Forests mug

Vermont Family Forests's 11-ounce coffee mug is free with donations to Vermont Family Forests of $100 or more. Thank you for your support!

Vegetable-Based Chainsaw Bar & Chain Oil

Bioblend Renewable Resources LLC offers many canola oil-based lubricants, including bar and chain oil. These lubricants are rapidly biodegradable and are non-toxic to the environment. Since they operate at lower temperatures than petroleum-based lubricants and have a high natural viscosity and stability, canola oil-based lubricants can improve the performance levels of machinery, reduce down-time, and increase the life of the equipment. For more information visit their website at The local distributor is Windward Petroleum (1-800-268-8550)

VFF stocks one-gallon jugs ($22.00), and five-gallon ($104.00) resealable containers of the bar and chain oil.

VFF Scale and Grade Stick

Made by local wood manufacturer, Maple Landmark. In addition to the measuring information typical of most Biltmore sticks, VFF's scale and grade stick includes log and tree scale and grade information. Use the stick to determine the number of logs in a tree, diameter, and board footage and to scale and grade logs. Complete with beautiful laser engraving of VFF's logo, as well as an instructional brochure on how to measure tree height and diameter. $15.00. Contact VFF, 453-7728.

VFF T-Shirt

NEW!!! Spread the good news! VFF's cotton, heavy-duty t-shirt sports the VFF logo on the front and "May the Forest Be With You" on the back. Color: Sand, with forest green text. Adult sizes S-XL, $20.00; Child size (large only), $15.00. Contact VFF, 453-7728.


At VFF, we stock maps of The Waterworks, a 633-acre parcel in Bristol administered by The Watershed Center, a non-profit education foundation. The parcel, which is part of VFF's pool of certified forestlands, is open to the public for non-motorized recreation and offers superb hiking, cross-country skiing, and wildlife viewing. Contact VFF, 453-7728.

Other Ecological Forestry Supplies


Used for measuring slopes and heights.

Forestry Suppliers, Inc. or 800-752-8460.

Ben Meadows Company. or 800-241-6401.


This product begins to photodegrade after six months. Resists cracking to 0°.

Forestry Suppliers, Inc. or 800-752-8460.

Ben Meadows Company. or 800-241-6401.

Native Tree seedlings

The Intervale Conservation Nursery in Burlington offers a number of native tree species (grown from local seed stock) that are particularly good for streambank restoration projects. Contact Josie Halnon ( or call 802-660-0440 x 105. Click here for their 2006 plant list.

Soil Test Kits

Ecologist Eric Sorenson, who teaches VFF's Natural Community Mapping workshops, recommends Cornell University's soil test kits. Standard (5.0-7.2) and Low range (3.8-6.2) kits are $15; Wide range (3.8-8.2) kit is $27. To download an order form:

You can also send a soil sample to the UVM Agriculture and Environmental Testing Lab for analysis. Nutrient analysis costs $9.00 and organic analysis is $2.00 extra. Call them at 802-656-3030 to receive a sample bag and instructions.

Logging Equipment and Supplies

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Soil Auger

Ecologist Eric Sorenson, who conducts VFF's Natural Community Mapping workshops, recommends the Eijkelkamp 1 Piece Edelman Auger-Combination Soils, available at forestry supply houses. Ben Meadows Company has this auger for $92.50.


Recommended Readings

Most of these publications, unless otherwise noted, are available from local, independent booksellers. In Addison County, these include:

Vermont Book Shop
38 Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753

Ecological Forestry Philosophy

  • Another Turn of the Crank, essays by Wendell Berry. Counterpoint: Washington, D.C. 1995.
  • Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold Oxford University Press. 1949.

Ecological Forestry Guides

  • Champlain Valley Clayplain Forest: Natural History and Stewardship, by the Champlain Valley Clayplain Forest Project. For more information, contact: Marc Lapin, Coordinator, Champlain Valley Clayplain Forest Project, 239 Cider Mill Rd. Cornwall, VT 05753. 802-462-2514,,
  • Ecoforestry: The art and science of sustainable forest use, by Alan Rike Drengson and Duncan MacDonald Taylor. New Society Publishers: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada and Stony Creek, CT, USA. 1997.
  • A Landowner's Guide to Building Forest Access Roads, by Richard L. Wiest. Published by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Northeastern Area. Publication number NA-TP-06-98. Radnor, PA July 1998. This publication is available on-line in  PDF format at
  • Low-Impact Forestry: Forestry as if the Future Mattered, by Mitch Lansky. Chelsea Green Publishing: 2003. . You can order it from your local bookstore, or contact
  • Riparian Forest Buffers, prepared by David J. Welsch. Published by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Northeastern Area. Publication number NA-PR-07-91. Radnor PA. This publication is available on-line at
  • Working With Your Woodland: A Landowner's Guide, by Mollie Beattie, Charles Thompson, and Lynn Levine. University Press of New England: Hanover, NH. 1993.
  • Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont, by Elizabeth HH Thompson and Eric R. Sorenson. University Press of New England: Hanover, NH. 2000.

Field Guides

When performing natural communities mapping work in the field, ecologist Eric Sorenson (co-author of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland and instructor for VFF's natural communities mapping workshops) refers to the following guides:

  • Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, by Lawrence Newcomb and Gordon Morrison (Illust.). Paperback, 1989.
  • Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, by Henry A. Gleason and Arthur Cronquist, 1991.
  • Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist's Manual: Illustrations of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, by Noel H. Holmgren, Henry A. Gleason, Patricia K Holmgren (ed.), and Kathleen M. McCauley (ed.). 1991
  • Shrub Identification Book, by George W. Symonds and A.W. Merwin, 1980.
  • Tree Identification Book, by George W. Symonds and Stephen V. Chelminski, 1972.