Alive in the Forest, January 2020, VFF newsletter

ALIVE IN THE FOREST — January 2020 Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE: New beginner chainsaw workshop, Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians course, Game of Logging training, climate-resilient forests, and more.

Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians

Over the more than 15 years that we’ve offered Game of Logging chainsaw training courses, folks have asked us for a course designed more for absolute beginning chainsaw users. Here it is! Taught by the same great instructors from Northeast Woodland Training, this course introduces safe chainsaw handling, and will boost the confidence level of anyone with very little or no experience with a chainsaw.

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Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians
Hogback Community College Course
23 hours of instruction
Society of American Foresters accreditation will be offered
Limit 18 students. Just 3 spots left!
Learn the identification, natural history, survey techniques, conservation, and management of Vermont’s frogs and salamanders with herpetologist Jim Andrews. The course begins with four indoor classroom presentations in February, followed by three springtime field visits (April, May, and June).

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Game of Logging Chainsaw Training, Spring 2020
Level 1: April 16, 2020 (Thursday)
Level 2: April 23, 2020 (Thursday)
Level 3: April 30, 2020 (Thursday)

Back by popular demand, our Game of Logging chainsaw training courses—taught by the outstanding instructors at Northeast Woodland Training—will make you safer and more efficient in the woods. Learn precision felling, effective bucking of fallen trees, and much more. We’re offering Levels 1-3 this spring. If you’re not quite ready for felling a tree, consider taking our Basic Chainsaw Use & Safety course (see above).

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Climate-Friendly Forests:
Community Lecture by Bill Keeton

Thursday, February 6
Ilsley Library, Middlebury

How can our forests be more “carbon friendly” in the face of climate change? Join UVM professor and forest ecologist Bill Keeton as he discusses the role of forests in keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, how carbon markets work, and the possibilities for Vermont landowners to participate in these markets.

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Wild Forests Are a Key Part of Vermont’s Working Landscape

In our latest blog post, VFF’s executive director and conservation forester David Brynn explores the necessity of rethinking our relationship with Vermont’s forests. It’s time, he says, to look beyond the “timber as default scenario” now in place, as we consider such options as carbon credits and changes to Vermont’s Current Use program.

Read David’s post > 


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