RUTLAND, Vt. — Looking to learn more about your forest? Does a waterway travel through your property? Consider attending a Vermont Woodlands Association workshop titled Forests, Fields, and Floodplains on Saturday, September 17th. This multi-organization event will feature presentations and demonstrations from members of the VWA, Vermont River Conservancy, White River Partnership, and Vermont Coverts. The event will be hosted by Ron and Chris Millard at Hancock Mountain Farm in Hancock, VT.
The workshop will feature several break-out sessions throughout the event. There will be a portable sawmill on site and Phil Sweet will give demonstrations using ash, cherry, birch, and spruce logs. Consulting forester and VWA president Allan Thompson will speak on Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) in regard to an area of 40-year-old spruce forest on the property. Vermont River Conservancy’s Steve Libby will share on the topic of floodplains and the importance of river easements. Greg Russ of the White River Partnership will give a session on riparian zones, speaking on how the planting of these zones can improve river quality and help control erosion. Also, a representative of Vermont Coverts will present on the topic of woodlands and watercourses and the role they play in wildlife habitat and migration.
The event will be from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. Hancock Mountain Farm is located at 2333 VT Route 100 N., Hancock, VT 05748. Look for the Red Barn on the property. The site is flat and accessible, but proper footwear and apparel should be worn. There are no restrooms on the property. The event is free, however advance registration is required. If you plan on attending email Ron Millard at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your intent to attend along with number in your party.