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Shelving for the Starksboro Town Library

A Community Project

A First in Forestry

In January, 2002, Starksboro made history, becoming the first municipality in the East to develop a green-certified management plan for its municipal forest. Working with VFF, the Starksboro Forest Board drew upon the input of town residents to create a plan that protects and enhances the health of the 300-acre forest, while addressing the community's diverse management goals.

The Learning Tree

In June, 2001, third and fourth grade Starksboro students headed into the Town Forest to conduct tree surveys. Their mission: to select a tree to use in making the bookshelves for the new town library. Their analysis and recommendations led to the cutting of a single sugar maple, which provided the lumber for the nosing on the 27 bookshelves you see in this library.

VFF Director and Addison County Forester David Brynn talks trees with third- and fourth-grade Robinson Elementary students. The students' analysis and management recommendations helped select the sugar maple used in constructing the library's bookshelves.

Allen Noble, member of the Starksboro Forest Board, cuts the sugar maple selected by Robinson Elementary students.

The maple log bears signs of past human uses. This black scar was created years ago by a tap spout during maple sugaring. One library shelf bears a tap hole, a reminder of the tree's story and the town's rich tradition of working in the woods.

Lawrence Philips, co-owner of P & P Lumber in Starksboro, saws the maple into dimension lumber for the bookshelves.

Louis DuPont, of Stark Mountain Woodworking, and Alan Schmidt construct bookshelves using the maple as nosing for the shelves.

Visitors to Starksboro Library learn about the origins of the shelving wood and the local residents involved in bringing the wood from forest to finished product through this display created by VFF.