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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum


Check out Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's video highlighting the long-standing collaboration between Vermont Family Forests and LCMM to connect students with the source of the wood for their boatbuilding project and build understanding of forest ecology.

Watch the video here

Rowing Gigs

Since 2001, Vermont Family Forests has facilitated the process of providing VFF-verified wood to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for its annual Rowing Gigs program. Using this wood, Hannaford Career Development Center students team up with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum master boatbuilders to craft a beautiful wooden rowing boat each year. Students build one of two styles of rowing gigsthe 32' six-oared Cornish pilot gig or the 25' , four oared Whitehall style gig. See the beautiful results of this collaboration below. You can read more about VFF's involvement in LCMM's Gigs Program in Vermont Life magazine's Spring 2002 issue and Northern Woodlands magazine's Summer 2001 issue.





Vermont Family Forests Director David Brynn and students from the Hannaford Career Development Center explore forest health in a VFF-verified forest, March 2015.






Students measure white pines that will yield VFF-verified lumber for a longboat, March, 2015.






When completed, their longboat will join LCMM's beautiful fleet of boats crafted by former Hannaford Career Center students. LCMM offers all the rowing gigs for public use through its Community Rowing Club. Visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum web site to read more about the rowing gigs.

Photos below courtesy Buzz, LCMM