A healthy forest is a community of life. People are members of that community.
Wildness is essential to the well-being of the whole forest community. Rotting logs, wind-felled trees, standing snags, large-diameter legacy trees—all are part of a healthy forest.
People can work in and harvest from the forest in ways that encourage its health and wildness—mutually beneficial relationship at its best.
Clean water. Clean air. Beauty. Firewood. Wildlife habitat. Peace and solitude. Timber. Maple syrup. Soul restoration. Carbon sequestration. Just a few of the gifts of a healthy, rewilding forest.

Illustration generously shared courtesy Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont, 2005, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and The Nature Conservancy

Welcome to Vermont Family Forests

Everything our little organization does begins and ends with forest health. Whether we are meeting with a landowner to help them develop a forest conservation plan, or hosting a workshop on light-on-the-land forestry, or stoking the fires of engagement and conversation with pizzas baked in our wood-fired earth oven, we are guided by the intention to grow the health and wholeness of the forest community.

  • Where We Work

  • Consulting Forestry

  • Forestry Reimagined

The Latest Posts from Rewilding Happen(ing)s!:

Several people carry a ribboned maypole along a path.

Beltane at the Waterworks

all photos by Jonathan Blake The delicate white blossoms of Amelanchier canadensis (also called serviceberry, shadbush, shad blow) herald spring...  MORE>
hepatica flowers

Savoring the Forest

Spring is here, and Vermont's forests will soon be stirring with beautiful spring ephemerals, including many that are edible. How can we harvest respectfully and sustainably?
yellow-bellied flycatcher

Bring Back the Commons

Aristotle recognized three broad types of interests: common, private, and public. VFF Executive Director David Brynn explains why that matters a whole lot today.


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