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Forest Stewardship Institute
Our FSI program is dedicated to advancing the practice of sustainable land management in the Northern Forest. We do this through a combination of science, demonstration forestry, education, and consulting services. Our audience is primarily landowners in northern Vermont, but also includes forestry professionals, students, teachers, and partnering organizations.
The program builds upon nearly two decades of science, forestry, and education work completed by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Initial funding for FSI was provided by the Canaday Family Charitable Trust. Ongoing funding comes from private donations, from fee-for-service consulting, grants, federal forestry incentive programs, and a modest income from sustainable timber harvests in our demonstration forest.
Spitzer Demonstration Forest
Explore our demonstration forest plots
Hire us to walk your property, write a management plan, perform low impact timber harvests, get rid of your invasive plants, and more.
Looking for information to help you manage you land? We have collected resources that can help you in your endeavor. Check them out here!
NorthWoods is pleased to announce that Colleen Goodridge from Albany, VT will be this year's recipient of the George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award. The award is given annually to a member of the Northeast Kingdom [...]
Do you love quality craftsmanship and want a chance to help out NorthWoods? A generous donor has gifted us a beautiful vintage 1954 Thompson "Take-Along" rowboat. Since this beauty is much too nice to take schoolchildren [...]
Kim explains the saw at the chainless 'safe station'. Enthusiasm wasn’t dampened by a little afternoon rain last Thursday when female high-school students learned how to safely use chainsaws and cut tree cookies at [...]
FSI Resources and Activities
Lydia Spitzer Demonstration Forest: Providing a dynamic first-hand example of applied stewardship practices on a diverse 1,500 acre parcel surrounding the NorthWoods Stewardship Center’s facility. Accessible to the public through 4-season trails and interpretive signage.
Educational Workshops:Engaging and informative learning opportunities for students, teachers, landowners, forestry professionals, and anyone interested in land stewardship.