Program Aims to Inform Property Owners on Forest Management
Vermont’s forests are an important resource providing a beautiful back drop to our daily lives. These forests also provide wildlife habitat, protection of water quality, carbon storage, soil stabilization and a number of forest products including fire wood and maple syrup. There are many threats to our Vermont’s forests, including fragmentation, invasive insects and plants, pressures from development and climate change impacts. If you are a landowner, these threats can seem daunting as you look to manage your property.
About 87 percent of Vermont land is in private ownership; it is the actions or non-actions that occur on these lands that will affect the dominant ecology of Vermont. If you are a landowner who is committed to wildlife conservation and forest stewardship, and are interested in learning ways to improve your woodlands, you should attend Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife spring cooperator training. This three-day program will take place Friday through Saturday, May 20 to 22, at the Farm and Wilderness Camp in Plymouth. The program is free and includes materials, food and lodging in a camp-like setting. A $100 deposit, refundable upon completion of the class, is all that is required. Graduates, also known as cooperators, are trained to better manage their own properties and to be a resource to neighbors and communities to encourage forest and wildlife stewardship. Vermont Coverts is a peer-to-peer network sharing strategies for managing forestland and the professional resources available to help. Cooperators are instrumental in having a positive influence in the management of Vermont’s forests.
Training participants find themselves caught up in the intensity of presentations and conversations centered on woodlands and wildlife. Participants return home with energetic plans for their own land, and a commitment to share what they learned; a practical, ecological vision for their neighborhood, their town or their county. Currently, there are more than 600 cooperators around the state working to manage their own land and helping others find the tools to make sound forest management decisions.
To attend the training or have a cooperator visit your land, contact the Vermont Coverts office at 802-877-2777 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view an agenda and download an application at vtcoverts.org. Vermont Coverts is a non-profit dedicated to educating landowners committed to sound forest management that enhances wildlife habitat.