STOWE, Vt. — Explore the 2500-acre Trapp Family Lodge property through the eyes of Licensed Foresters. Come to the Vermont Woodlands Association’s Annual Meeting and More on Saturday, October 9, and kick off your day on a guided Woods Walk around the property.
Trapp Family Lodge conducts sustainable forest management during annual summer harvests to fill their 300-cord woodshed. They balance forest management activities with a long list of objectives, including resort amenities, renowned skiing and biking opportunities and beer made from water sourced within the managed forests.
On the Woods Walk, you will visit the site of a harvest conducted in 2016 in the heart of the property, visible and accessible to forest users from across the world. VT Licensed Foresters will share considerations related to the uneven aged management and implications of balancing the multiple uses of the property.
“The property is enrolled in Vermont’s Tree Farm program and Audubon Vermont’s Bird-Friendly Maple program,” said Steve Hagenbuch, VWA Board member and Conservation Biologist for Audubon Vermont who helped to enroll the Trapp Family Lodge in Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Maple program. “We’ll see how the 2016 harvest overlaps with these uses as well as look at some blow downs from the 2017 storms and regeneration success and challenges.”
Please join us for this moderate walk, rain or shine, through Vermont’s iconic forest landscape. VWA’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 9 beginning at 8:30 am outdoors or in an open-air tent at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Following the Woods Walks, the Trapp Family Lodge will serve up a delicious lunch under the tent, and then the Annual Meeting will be held thereafter. Once the business portion is wrapped up, there will be three speakers: John Austin will give a talk about Wildlife Habitat Connectivity and the Forest Landowner; then John Morton will discuss Trails for Recreation, Design, and Care; and, finally, Commissioner Michael Snyder will present The State of Vermont’s Forests. Afterward there will be a reception to celebrate and remember Put Blodgett, and anyone who isn’t quite ready to go home is welcome to pop open a chair at the bonfire.
VWA event planners are working hard to ensure compliance with all Covid protocols in place at the time of the event. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within three days of the event.
Two SAF Category 1 Credits have been assigned for this event.
With a full day of adventure, VWA invites everyone to join all day or for any part of the fun, food, and festivities.
Follow this link to register for the Annual Meeting. Registration requested by Friday October 1.
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