First Year of Forwarding is a Success!

Like hauling logs on a smooth packed trail, our 1-year Working Lands grant period went by fast! In April 2014 with funding from the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, NorthWoods added a 5-ton log forwarding trailer to our equipment shed. Since then we’ve completed four low-impact timber harvests, working in the Spitzer Demonstration Forest and […]

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Updated Spitzer Forest Management Plan Released

How do you keep track of 1,500 acres of working forestland, wetlands, unique ecological areas and open land? Our Forest Stewardship staff recently finished an updated management plan for the Lydia Spitzer Demonstration Forest. As required every 10 years for enrollment in the Vermont Current Use program and the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program, we […]


Planning Family Forests

Planning Family Forests: How to Keep Woodlands Intact and in the Family by Thom J. McEvoy In his seventh forestry book, Professor McEvoy after 9 years of research compiles stories of forest-owning families representing every major timber type in the United States; narratives and analyses that tell the trials, missteps and successes of an older […]

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Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture

Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture Third Edition. by Thom J. McEvoy Forest ecology is the study of life in areas where the predominant vegetation is trees. The word ecology is derived from an ancient Greek word oikos, meaning” house,” and the suffix ology, meaning “study of.” The central idea of viewing a community of plants […]


Whooo’s that Newcomer at the Feeder?

Vermont news articles in recent winters have spotlighted the exotic mid-winter visits of snowy owls to our state – often juvenile birds pushed from overcrowded northern territories when the lemmings are lacking. If you look out your window this March, however, you’re more likely to spot a Vermont native owl species – barred owl – […]

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#MyWoods Bunkhouse Campaign

 NorthWoods is asking YOU to be a forest steward. Northern forests need some heroes. Development and fragmentation, invasive species, and climate change all threaten the vitality of local landscapes. NorthWoods Stewardship Center is on a mission to help children and adults steward their environment. Our new bunkhouse—building in 2015—will bring woodland owners, youth conservation crews, […]


Employment: Conservation Field Assistant

AmeriCorps Halftime Position Job Description Title: Conservation Field Assistant (responsibilities in conservation service department, physical plant and land management) Term: April 2015- August 31, 2015 (approximate) Workweek: Monday through Friday with flexibility with other staff Hours: Generally 40 hours per week but hours will be adjusted to ensure staffing throughout the 12 month period including summer Corps […]

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February 6th Trail Report

Mid-Winter Edition Its official! Mid-winter is here! And boy you would know it by looking outside. The thermometer is hovering well below freezing and the snow continues to pile up. The backcountry is filling in beautifully and the groomed trails are superb! Whether you are out on the trails here at NorthWoods, at Kingdom Trails, […]


VCF Grant Supports NorthWoods Ski Programs

NorthWoods Stewardship Center has received a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund. This grant is helping NorthWoods upgrade their fleet of cross country skis, boots and poles for use in winter day camps, science field trips and after-school programs for local schools. NorthWoods Education Director Maria Young can’t wait to get the Northeast Kingdom on […]

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January 30th Trail Report

So Far, So Great! The snow keeps coming and, even though we were spared the brunt of the recent Nor’easter, the inches are adding up to feet. As mid-winter approaches, our snowbase is a solid 24 inches and I think it’s safe to say we no longer have ‘early season conditions’. In fact, it’s fair […]