Careful Forest Management
- VFF Organic Forest Ecosystem Conservation Checklist, updated 2/5/23. If you follow these Optimal Conservation Practices when working in your forest, you will optimally maintain the forest’s water quality, native biological diversity, soil health, and productivity.
- Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont. Produced by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, this manual details the best practices for building/maintaining forest access roads and removing forest vegetation. Landowners participating in Vermont's Current Use program are required to follow the AMPs.
- Restoring Old-growth Characteristics to New England’s and New York’s Forests. by Anthony D’Amato and Paul Catanzaro
- List of Small-scale Woods Workers (logging/forwarding, trucking, milling). People often ask us for names of small-scale woods workers, including loggers, truckers, and sawyers in and around the Center-West Ecoregion. Our list is by no means exhaustive, but offers a place to start.
- Wild Forests Vermont’s Current Use Study Overview. January 2022. Expanding Vermont’s Current Use program to include a wild forest category of land use is a much needed update. Learn why.
Organic control of woody invasives. VFF conservation practices include organic, non-chemical control of invasive plants in the forest understory.
- Forest Savers. Based in Woodstock, Vermont, Forest Savers offers mechanical treatment of woody invasives.
- GreenTek. Based in Vermont, GreenTek specializes in low impact ecologically friendly practices to clear land.
- Extractigator. We’ve found this to be a very helpful tool for uprooting buckthorn saplings (<2″ diameter). Vermont Family Forests has purchased extra Extractigators to loan out to local forest landowners. Contact us to borrow one.
- Buckthorn baggies. We’ve had success with these heavy-duty bags, which kill the stumps of large-diameter buckthorns without chemicals
Portable Forwarding Bridges
- Vermont Conservation Design
- Summary Report, February, 2018. Vermont Conservation Design is a practical and efficient plan sustain the state’s valued natural areas, forests, waters, wildlife, and plants during this era of rapidly changing climate.
- Biofinder. This online mapping tool for identifying Vermont’s lands and waters that support important ecosystems, natural communities, habitats, and species. You can zoom in on your land and explore its ecological features.
- Town Forest Health Check. If you’re a community member interested in taking an active role in maintaining the health of your community’s town forest, the Town Forest Health Check will help you determine if the optimal conservation practices that maintain forest health are in place in your town forest.
Forest Ecosystem Health
- Carbon-Friendly Forests. Video-taped lecture by Dr. Bill Keeton, forest ecologist and University of Vermont professor, at Ilsley Library on February 27, 2020.
- Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians: Jim Andrews’ course materials
- State of the Salamander (an informative, photo-filled, 8-page document by Partners in Reptile and Amphibian Conservation, 2014).
- Methods for Encountering Stream Salamanders (Herpetologist Jim Andrew’s recommended tactics for finding stream salamanders)
- Additional Reading on Reptiles and Amphibians (Jim’s annotated bibliography)
- Emerald Ash Borer Information
- Updated information about EAB infestation in Vermont from vtinvasives.org.
- RESEARCH REPORT: White ash (Fraxinus americana) survival in the core of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) invasion, by Molly A. Robinett and Deborah G. McCullough. Canadian Journal of Forest Research (2018).
- RESEARCH REPORT: Ash regeneration capacity after emerald ash borer (EAB) outbreaks: Some early results, by I. Aubin, F. Cardou, K. Ryall, D. Kreutzweiser, and T. Scarr. The Forestry Chronicle (2015).
- Article on new research:Fungus Could Help Control Emerald Ash Borer. by Ed Ricciuti, Entomology Today
- Article is based on: Horizontal Transmission of the Entomopathogenic Fungal Isolate INRS-242 of Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) in Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), by Narin Srei, Robert Lavallée, Claude Guertin. Journal of Economic Entomology, October, 2019.
- Monarch Butterfly Conservation Information
- RESEARCH ARTICLE: Strategic mowing of roadside milkweeds increases monarch butterfly oviposition, by Samantha M. Knight, D. Ryan Norris, Rachael Derbyshire, and D.T. Tyler Flockhart. Global Ecology and Conservation 19 (2019).
- Abenaki Cultural Use Private Forestland Access Project
- Information for interested landowners
- Western Abenaki People–the First Vermonters (informational brochure)
- Project Background and Frequently Asked Questions
- Questionnaire for Interested Landowners
- VFF’s Abenaki Cultural Use Land Access Project: Mutually Beneficial Relationship in Action (VFF news story about the project)
- For Abenaki Citizens:Land Database: Abenaki Cultural Use Land Access Project (includes spreadsheet of private lands offering access to Abenaki citizens)
- Information for interested landowners