Forest Landowner resources

  • Vermont Family Forests Organic Forest Health Conservation Checklist.   If you follow this list of optimal conservation practices when working in your forest, you will optimally maintain the forest’s water quality, native biological diversity, soil health, and productivity.
  • List of Small-scale Woods Workers (logging/forwarding, trucking, milling). People often ask us for names of small-scale woods workers, including loggers, truckers, and sawyers in and around the Center-West Ecoregion. Our list is by no means exhaustive, but offers a place to start.
  • Portable Forwarding Bridges
    • Excellent video on using and building a portable forwarding bridge (from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation). 14 minutes.
    • Written instructions for building a portable forwarding bridge.
  • Non-chemical control of woody invasives. VFF conservation practices include organic, non-chemical control of invasive plants in the forest understory. 
    • Forest Savers. Based in Woodstock, Vermont, Forest Savers offers mechanical treatment of woody invasives.
  • Town Forest Health Check. Back in 2005, VFF created the Town Forest Health Check to support the Vermont Town Forest Project—a statewide initiative to strengthen connections between Vermonters and their community-owned forests. If you’re a community member interested in taking an active role in maintaining the health of your community’s town forest, take a look at the Town Forest Health Check. With it, you’ll be able to determine if the optimal conservation practices that maintain forest health are in place in your town forest.