Each of our native species occupies an ecological niche, influencing the ecosystem around it in different ways. The more we learn about forests, the more we discover how critical each species is to their health and function: from towering trees to tiny invertebrates, from the bats that regulate populations of defoliating insects to the rodents…
Each of Vermont’s tens of thousands of native species fills an ecological niche, influencing its environment and the species around it in different ways. While an important component of managing for healthy, biologically diverse forests includes managing for species diversity (different species of wildlife, trees, and plants), there are also differences in behavior between individuals…
Reflection, Recognition and Renewal
Submitted by Lori Hennessey On a warm sunny day in September, a new replacement Eagles Trail sign was revealed to former Scoutmaster Russell Berger as he was surrounded by family. At the Town Forest trail entrance at Hayden Hill East, hikers and community members are now greeted with the familiar trail and a freshly minted…
Effort to categorize Hinesburg’s natural resources launched
Development is underway of a map that details an “inventory” of Hinesburg’s unique natural resources.
Herbicide treatment to kill milfoil in Lake Iroquois 7 years in the making
Milfoil — an invasive water-weed that forms dense mats of vegetation and readily reproduces when boats chop up the strands — may soon be tamed in Lake Iroquois after recent treatment with an herbicide.
Town Forestry Committee agrees on necessity of forest closure schedule
The Town Forestry Committee received over a hundred emails concerning forest closure for hunting season. Usually without any public attendance, the meeting had an all time high of twelve Hinesburg residents joining the committee members.
Hiking, biking, running and walking in a time of pandemic
“Now more than ever,” is an oft -used cliché, but just now it truly describes our need to get outdoors for recreation and exercise.
The land ethic
Whether you are a forest manager, landowner or enjoyer of the outdoors, it can be intimidating to know your role in the management of our forests.
‘Stay at home, stay safe’ Includes getting outdoors – with limitations
While people try to balance getting in some outside activity while following public health guidelines to keep apart in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parks and even the bike path begin to experience overcrowding.
Wolf Trees: From the past and for the future
If you’ve ever walked in Vermont’s
woods, chances are that you’ve stumbled upon a “wolf tree.”