RUTLAND, Vt. — The Vermont Woodlands Association’s Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. This year’s event will be at the Aloha Foundation’s Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. This annual event is a great opportunity to hear updates on Vermont woodlands and meet with fellow members, foresters, and other forest industry professionals.
The day will begin with breakfast where attendees will have the chance to mingle and meet up with friends old and new. The remainder of the morning will feature guided walks on the Aloha Foundation’s managed forest or a presentation by Todd Waldron of the Ruffed Grouse Society on the intersection of sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat, and climate.
After lunch attendees will hear from the new VWA Executive Director, Kate Forrer. Following this the Annual Meeting presentations will commence which will include association business, Tree Farm awards, and other special awards. Additional presentations will include an update on the state of Vermont forests and a panel discussion on responding to climate change.
After the meeting is adjourned attendees can stay around to enjoy a bonfire and continue to chat and celebrate. Bring a lawn chair!
VWA president Allan Thompson expressed excitement for the event and encouraged others to attend saying, “VWA’s annual meeting is always a great opportunity to engage with Vermont’s forest stewards, celebrate our woodlands and learn about the issues and opportunities woodland owners and managers face.”
Vermont Woodlands is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to advocate for the management, sustainability, perpetuation, and enjoyment of forests through the practice of excellent forestry that employs highly integrated management practices that protect and enhance both the tangible and intangible values of forests – including clean air and water, forest products, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, recreation, scenic beauty, and other resources – for this and future generations.
We strive to educate, train, and support private forest landowners in sound management practices concerning wildlife, water, wood, and recreation. We do this by managing and enhancing the American Tree Farm System® Program in Vermont. We work with all forestry-related groups to coordinate opportunities for landowners to network, meet natural resource professionals, and learn about management practices and program. VWA sponsors educational programs for teachers and students to produce future stewards of Vermont’s forests. We encourage efforts to promote and retain programs at the state and national levels to support private forestry.
–Vermont Woodlands Association