Alive in the Forest, Vermont Family Forests newsletter -Spring 2020


IN THIS ISSUE: Stay-at-home doesn’t mean stay-indoors. Now is the perfect time to listen and observe deeply in your nearby forest, and to engage in careful forest conservation practices. In this issue, you can explore spring wildflowers on a virtual walk with herbalist Ali Zimmer, learn to make ramial mulch, and dip into the nighttime escapades of local spotted salamanders.

Medicinal & Edible Spring Ephemerals:
A virtual forest walk with herbalist Ali Zimmer

Check out this 11-minute video, our first in a series of virtual forest walks with herbalist and naturalist Ali Zimmer. She’ll introduce you to four spring wildflowers blooming now in Vermont’s Center-West Ecoregion and describe their uses in food and medicine.

Watch the video >

Apple Tree Pruning:
Making Ramial Mulch

Last week, VFF executive director and conservation forester David Brynn had three of the white ash trees in his family forest inoculated against emerald ash borer.

In his latest blog he describes the inoculation process, his reasons for inoculating, and the potential for accessing low-cost inoculation by working collectively.

Read about mulch-making >

One Dark and Rainy Night:
Up Close with Spotted Salamanders

Through VFF’s Colby Hill Ecological Project, herpetologist Jim Andrews has monitored amphibian populations at four small ponds in Lincoln. On a recent rainy night, we had the thrill of witnessing the migration of spotted salamanders to one of those ponds.

Read all about it! >

Chainsaw Training Courses, Autumn 2020

We had to cancel our spring 2020 Game of Logging classes, but we’ve rescheduled them for the fall. Check out our new line-up. In addition to Game of Logging Levels 1-3, we’re also offering a new course, Basic Chainsaw Use and Safety for Beginners.

Learn more >

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