Backyard Woods Program

Backyard Woods Program

A course for Vermont homeowners interested in caring for their woods
*Do you own less than 25 acres?
*Are you interested in learning more about your woods?
*Do you want to become a more active steward of your woods?

Then you may be interested in the Backyard Woods Program, now offered statewide!
The Backyard Woods Program is a six-week online course that uses a combination of video’s, webinars, discussion forums and weekly activities to guide you in the exploration of your backyard woods.  Upon completion of the program, you will have developed an action plan to help you get started!

Whether you own 2 acres or 20 acres, this program will help you make the most out of the woods in your backyard!
Course Details:
*The online course starts Sept. 18 and runs through the week of Oct. 23.
*Participants will also be invited to an in-person Backyard Woods Field Day (TBD).
*This course is composed of 4 online modules. Each module has videos, webinars, and activities that will be completed on your own schedule for the duration of the course.

Registration:  The course costs $35, which includes a course manual, a tree identification book and a hands-on in person session.

Learn more and register by September 12th at www.vtcommunityforestry.org
Questions? Contact Gwen at gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu or 802-651-8343. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please register by Sept. 1.

GWEN KOZLOWSKI Outreach & Education Coordinator
VT Urban & Community Forestry Program
UVM Extension
802-651 -8343, Ext 506 │ www.vtcommunityforestry.org

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Woodlands and Wildlife Training Workshop

Woodlands and Wildlife Training Workshop

Do you love your woodland?  Enjoy seeing birds and other wildlife? Want to learn how a healthy forest can enhance wildlife habitat, provide recreational and timber benefits?  Are you interested in reaching out to others in your community?  If you answered yes to any of these then this program is for you!  Join us for the Coverts 3-day Woodland Owner Training sponsored by Vermont Coverts:  Woodlands for Wildlife.  It will allow you to connect with resource professionals and others while learning how you can improve your woodland.  The next training dates are September 8-10 and there are still spaces available.  We will be at Kehoe Conservation Camp on the shores of Lake Bomoseen.  The Training is FREE (a deposit refundable upon completion holds your spot) and includes all meals, lodging and materials.  To learn more, see a sample agenda or download an application visit our website at www.vtcoverts.org.  You can also contact us by calling Lisa Sausville at 802-877-2777 or e-mail lisa@vtcoverts.org.

Vermont Coverts:  Woodlands for Wildlife

Educating Landowners in Forest Management & Wildlife Stewardship for over 30 Years

Cooperator Training

Vermont Covert’s training is designed specifically for landowners, offering classroom and field studies in woodland and wildlife management.
Learn how a healthy woodland can enhance wildlife habitat, provide recreational and timber benefits.  Discover how to make a difference on your own land and provide guidance to neighbors and other community members to encourage stewardship for woodlands and wildlife.

September 8-10
Kehoe Conservation Camp
Hydeville, VT
The training program requires a $100 deposit to hold your space
(deposit is refundable upon request at the completion of the training).

For more information or to register, visit our website www.vtcoverts.org, or contact Lisa Sausville, Executive Director.

Lisa Sausville
Executive Director
Vermont Coverts:  Woodlands for Wildlife
PO Box 328
Vergennes, VT  05491
(802) 877-2777
lisa@vtcoverts.org
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Statement about those with temporary and ambiguous work status

At town meeting Randy Kritkausky handed out the following statement. By a show of hands the voters of the town agreed and approved of this statement.

“The Town of Whiting would like to express its appreciation for the work that those with temporary and ambiguous work status provide for our regions farms, orchards, and hospitality industry. We encourage Vermont State Officials to do whatever possible, within the boundaries of the law, to support these workers.”

VT Agency of Ag Continues Statewide Listening Tour

VT Agency of Ag Continues Statewide Listening Tour New Nighttime Meeting Added in Central VT

Last week, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets launched a statewide listening tour to open the lines of communication between the Agency, the farming community, and the public. This week, Secretary Anson Tebbetts and Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman will continue on to Brattleboro, to meet with farmers in Southern Vermont.

In addition to the previously announced daytime meetings in Lyndonville, Brattleboro, St. Albans, and Middlebury, the Agency has added a nighttime meeting in Montpelier.

“We had a great turn out at our first meeting last week, in Lyndonville, and look forward to learning more as we continue to travel around the state,” said Tebbetts. “In response to requests from farmers, we’ve added an additional meeting in the evening in Central Vermont.”

All farmers, and all Vermonters interested in agriculture, are invited to attend these meetings, to share thoughts and ideas about the future of farming in our state.

Friday, Feb. 17 – Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center in Brattleboro, 10 a.m. – noon
Monday, Feb. 27 – Middlebury Parks & Recreation Gym, 10 a.m. – noon
Thursday, March 2  – St. Albans City Hall Auditorium, 10 a.m. – noon *
Wednesday, March 15 – Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

For complete location details and directions, please visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/listeningtour2017

“We want to hear your ideas and feedback,” says Tebbetts. “We really appreciate all those who took time to come see us during our stop in Lyndonville, and look forward to seeing many more farmers as our tour continues.”

Questions? Call 802-828-5667

*note: the original date (2/16) for the St. Albans meeting conflicted with the UVM No-Till conference – therefore, we rescheduled the St. Albans meeting to 3/2. Please note this change!

About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.  www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov