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 > 

VFF’s Latest HCC Course Explores Vermont’s Reptiles

Students in our latest Hogback Community College course–Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles–had plenty of up-close time with local reptiles.

Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians with Jim Andrews

It’s the weekend after Easter, and thirteen students are on hands and knees on a forested hillside at the southern end of Snake Mountain, clustered in twos and threes… More >

Welcome, Cold Brook!

In March, 2022, Vermont Family Forests purchased 95.6 acres of land in Bristol and Lincoln. Learn all about it!

Hands-on, Hearts-on Learning

LCMM Students Meet Boat-building Pines Each January, local high school students in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) Longboats Program…  MORE>

Meet our New Forester, Ralph Tursini

We are thrilled to welcome Ralph Tursini to the Vermont Family Forests team. Ralph comes to us after 15 years…  MORE>

The Joys of a Battery-powered, Veggie-lubed Saw

A battery-powered chainsaw, teamed with vegetable-based bar oil, makes for joyful work in the woods.

Expanding Vermont’s Current Use Program to include Wild Forests

The purpose of [the Agricultural and Managed Forest Land Use Value Program] is to encourage and assist the maintenance of…  MORE>

Welcome, Winter!

Tending the Solstice fire at the Waterworks By 4:15pm, the sun had dropped behind the white pines flanking the beaver…  MORE>

Twenty Years of Local Boat-building, Rowing, & Racing

For 20 years, Vermont Family Forests partnered with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to provide wood from healthy forests for LCMM’s boat-building program.

Testing the Waters, Tending the Land

This past summer, Vermont Family Forests teamed with the Addison County River Watch Collaborative to monitor the water quality of Isham Brook and Beaver Meadow Brook. The findings shed light on land health.

Weighing in on Vermont’s Climate Action Plan

by David Brynn, VFF Executive Director and Conservation Forester This week, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Climate Council held…  MORE>

Woodwinds near the Middle Barn

In July we celebrated summer with our 10th Annual Woodwinds in the Middle Barn concert.

Bringing Wild Forests to Vermont’s Use Value Program

VFF Executive Director David Brynn describes the efforts of Wild Forests Vermont to amend Vermont’s Current Use Program to include wild forests.

West Barn Comes Down

We’ve just completed step 1 of the restoration of the West Barn at VFF’s Anderson Wells Farm. Video and photos tell the story.

Sharing the Bounty of Farm Equipment

As we prepared the West Barn for its foundation-to-rooftop renovation, we passed along some of Lester and Monique Anderson’s beautiful farm equipment to new homes in the Center-West Ecoregion.

CHEP’s Newest Study: Long-term Forest Ecosystem Monitoring

Since 1998, the Colby Hill Ecological Project (CHEP) has collected ecological data on an area of private land in Lincoln and…  MORE>

VFF Loves VYCC

For a week in July, a crew from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps helped slow, spread, and sink the flow of stormwater runoff on VFF’s Abraham’s Knees land.