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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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.