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!:

Up She Rises! The West Barn Returns to Wells Farm

Restoration of the West Barn at VFF's Anderson Wells Farm is nearly complete. Check out photos of the process.

 VYCC Helps Heal a Steep Access Road 

This summer, Vermont Family Forests teamed with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and local excavator Lucas Nezin to lend a healing hand on a piece of forestland we recently purchased. Read all about it >

CFR, Not TSI

Words matter. "Timber Stand Improvement" reflects a use-based, human centered approach to forests. “Community-based Forest Renewal” or CFR signals something very different. Learn more > 

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