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10 10, 2017

Seeking Landowners for Water Quality Improvement Projects

2017-10-10T16:03:08+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Forest Stewardship Institute, Highlights, News|

NorthWoods is seeking landowners who are interested in designing water quality improvement projects on their lakeshore. Through a 2017-2018 Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC), NorthWoods Stewardship Center is able to provide free designs of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for lakeshore landowners on Echo Lake and Seymour Lake. BMPs protect and improve water quality in our lakes by reducing stormwater runoff and sediment loading from lakeshore properties. BMPs treat stormwater by reducing its velocity and redirecting it to a treatment area where it [...]

26 09, 2017

Watershed Crew Tackles Lake Bomoseen Project

2017-09-26T10:45:54+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Highlights, News|

In August, the Watershed Conservation Crew finished up a project on Lake Bomoseen.  At the site, they working on encapsulated soil lifts to help rebuild a shoreline. The existing shoreline had been eroding heavily for quite some time and was threatening both the water quality of the lake and the integrity of the road. NorthWoods was brought in to do the installation after receiving an ERP work crew grant that allows us to work on water quality improvement projects throughout the state. We are applying for the same grant for next [...]

13 09, 2017

NorthWoods Accepting Nominations for 5th Annual Buzzell Award

2017-09-13T14:49:54+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Education, Forest Stewardship Institute, Highlights, News|

NorthWoods Stewardship Center is pleased to accept nominations for the fifth annual George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award. In honor of the esteemed county forester for which it is named, this award recognizes an individual who is making a positive impact on Northeast Kingdom forests. An award ceremony will be held at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. During his 44 years as Orleans County Forester, George Buzzell exemplified the best practice of his trade, including research that helped to re-define sugarbush management in Vermont. George also cast a welcoming [...]

14 08, 2017

NorthWoods Newest Crew is for Water Quality Warriors

2017-08-14T12:43:42+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Forest Stewardship Institute, Highlights, News|

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center’s Conservation Corps program has a 22-year history of employing local youth to work on priority conservation projects in communities throughout the region with a special focus on the northeast kingdom. The Corps builds and improves hiking trails, manages exotic invasive species, plants riparian buffers, and improves wildlife habitat, and supports ecosystem resilience. This summer we welcomed our newest crew, the Watershed Crew to the multi-faceted Corps. This crew was tasked with completing projects in Vermont’s watersheds to improve water quality and they did an amazing job of [...]

1 08, 2017

Volunteers tackle invasives in East Burke

2017-08-01T15:51:08+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Forest Stewardship Institute, Highlights, News|

A group of 15 people joined forces on a sunny, late July day to remove exotic invasive plants from the banks of the East Branch Passumpsic River in downtown East Burke. If you’ve visited RubyLee’s Ice Cream, East Burke Sports, or taken a dip in the river after biking at Kingdom Trails, you’ve probably seen the dense walls of vegetation along the river banks. What you may not have noticed is that this vegetation includes five invasive plant species – knotweed, shrub honeysuckle, common reed, glossy buckthorn, and burning bush – [...]

27 06, 2017

Help Protect Our Trails

2017-06-27T15:52:48+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Education, Forest Stewardship Institute, Highlights, News|

NorthWoods needs your help to steward the trails in our 1,500 acre forest. Our Hopkins Hill Trail has become rutted from unauthorized ATVs and off-road vehicle use. While we recognize that off-roading is one way to enjoy the outdoors, recreational motorized vehicles are prohibited from trails on the NorthWoods property. This includes the trail extending from Hopkins Hill Rd (0.3 miles from the Tripp Hill Rd intersection) to Calhoun Rd (0.25 miles beyond last house on Calhoun Rd). Both ends of this trail (0.3 mile and 0.25 mile segments) are designated [...]

27 06, 2017

Lumber for Sale

2017-07-24T13:08:18+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Forest Stewardship Institute, Highlights, News|

Sustainably harvested spruce-fir Rough-sawn Framing material (10-18 foot lengths) – 2x4 (sold out!) 2x6, 2x8, 3x6, and 6x6 (plenty in stock!) 2x10, 2x12, 4x4, 5x5, 7x7, and 8x8 (almost gone!) Boards – 1” thickness, various lengths/widths $0.60/BF for small quantities (up to 1000BF) $0.50/BF for larger quantities (over 1000BF) Also available – rough-sawn white pine countertops (for benches, bartops, etc.), 2.5” thick, 8-9’ long, up to ~25” wide. One live (bark) edge. $60 each (1-5 slabs) / $45 each (5+) Where does our lumber come from? This material was harvested from sustainably [...]

19 06, 2017

2017 Youth Lake Tour

2017-06-19T15:07:24+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Education, Highlights, News|

Smiling faces of the youngest sailors (preK from St. Paul's Catholic School) in the wheelhouse of the Northern Star. by Valerie Dillon, Memphremagog Watershed Association​ This was the third year an “educational twist” to a boat trip on Lake Memphremagog was offered to the 3rd graders of Orleans County. The 2017 adventure was courtesy of several sponsors: Mr. Tony Pomerleau (who generously started the youth tour program 5 years ago), North Country Hospital, Community National Bank, Passumpsic Savings Bank, and the Rotary Club of Newport. The Northern Star Vermont [...]

24 05, 2017

Hiring: Sachuest Point NWR Crew Members, Middletown, RI

2017-05-24T12:55:43+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Conservation Corps, Employment, Highlights, News|

Know a teen in southern New England who loves the outdoors? We are still looking for Corps members for our crew in Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, RI. Build trails, control invasive plant species and help protect piping plover! A great opportunity and paid summer gig for conservation-minded teens. LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE:

18 05, 2017

Climate-Adapted Forestry with the NIACS

2017-05-18T13:25:08+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Highlights, News|

In March we shared our plans to build climate change resilience in the Spitzer Demonstration Forest. You can now read about this ongoing initiative on the Climate Change Response Framework website, a project of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. Along with other demonstration projects covering millions of acres in 19 U.S. states, we'll be designing our forestry practices with a different future climate in mind. New climate projections, research, forest pests and other factors are keeping land managers on our toes; there's a wealth of information from the various [...]