Updates from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
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Vermont's Town Forest Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Montpelier State House
On Tuesday, April 28th we will kick off Vermont’s Town Forest Centennial Anniversary Celebration  at the State House in Montpelier. We will be witnesses to the reading of a Resolution by the Vermont Legislature to commemorate 100 years of establishing and caring for Vermont’s town forests, as well as the reading of Vermont’s Arbor Day Proclamation.  It's a day to celebrate Vermont's deep tradition in and commitment to our urban and community forests.  Check out the full day's schedule here.
We hope to see lots of town forest advocates, community volunteers, and partner organizations  in attendance, so please help spread the word and  come if you can!

The centennial celebration is being organized through  the collaborative efforts of the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions; Department of Forests,  Parks and Recreation; Vermont Fish & Wildlife  Department; Northeastern States Research Cooperative; Northern Forest Center; Trust for Public Land; University of Vermont; University of Vermont Extension; Vermont Land Trust; and Vermont Woodland Association.

We're Going on the Road to Bradford for Arbor Day!

VT UCF will partner with the Bradford Conservation Commission on Sunday, May 3rd, to host a community celebration and work day in honor of Vermont’s Arbor Day and the Centennial Celebration of Vermont's Town Forests. The day will focus on completing trail work and preparation for a number of summer events along the trails in the Wright’s Mountain/Devil’s Den Town Forest in Bradford. Five trees will also be planted in downtown Bradford.

The Wrights Mountain/Devil’s Den Town Forest in Bradford was established in 1994 when the town acquired 218 acres for conservation purposes. Since then, another 299 acres has been added and over eight miles of trails for non-motorized recreation have been built. The forest lends itself to sustainable timber harvesting, hunting, sponsored full-moon hikes, an outdoor learning lab for Oxbow High School Biology students, and beautiful vistas from a cabin perched at the Town’s highest point (1,822 ft)! With the help of many volunteers, the Bradford Conservation Commission manages and maintains these trails for public use. Recently, the Conservation Commission was the recipient of a Vermont Public Places Merit Award for their excellent work in this special town forest.

We are seeking volunteers for this work day and will be starting at 12pm!  Find out more about this event here and email Elise to sign up.

Congratulations to New SOUL Graduates

VT UCF has just wrapped up the spring 2015 Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) Tree Stewards program, offered in Middlebury over the course of five weeks in March and April.  Program participants not only gained technical skills related to understanding the biology, function, health, and benefits of trees in our cities, towns and villages, but also learned about issues and considerations for tree stewardship and urban forest planning in our communities.  

We are very proud of the new cohort of Tree Stewards and look forward to connecting them with the existing SOUL network of 400+ Vermonters! The SOUL Program will be offered again in the fall, in a different location (TBD).  Congratulations to:
Dave Berthiaume, Middlebury College Grounds Staff
James Case, Middlebury College Grounds Staff
Chris Clark, New Haven
Gary Lee Clark, Bristol
Sherry Crawford, Whiting
Nan Crowell, Middlebury
Randy Durand, Bristol
Karri Ingerson, Middlebury
Leslie Kameny, Middlebury
Karen Karibian, Shelburne
Tage Lilja, Hinesburg
Julie Mitchell, Monkton
Cian Quinn, Middlebury College Grounds Staff
Brian Paquette, Middlebury College Grounds Staff
Virginia Spadaccini, Shoreham
Robert St. Peter, Benson
Murray Stavenow, Vergennes
Sally Thodal, Middlebury
Lance Thompson, Lincoln
Ray Vezina, Colchester

Upcoming Events

April 28th
10am - 3pm

Vermont's Town Forest Centennial & Arbor Day Celebration

May 1st
Happy VT Arbor Day!

Tune in to WCAX at 12:10 to watch Across the Fence with a feature on Arbor Day

May 3rd
12 - 5pm

VT Arbor Day Community Celebration in Bradford

May 16th
9:30am - 4:15pm
Forest Pest First Detector Training

Manchester Elementary & Middle School

May 17th - 23rd
Firewood Awareness Week

May 21st
12 - 1pm
VT UCF Webinar: EAB Lessons from the Midwest
Mark Duntemann, owner of Natural Path Urban Forestry
Watch previously recorded webinars
More events

VT UCF Staff Update

Gwen Kozlowski will be joining the VT UCF Team in early May as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Gwen is excited to return to Vermont where she completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources at UVM. Since then, Gwen has worked throughout New England in the field as a researcher and in communities as an educator. She is passionate about helping to connect people to the important natural resources all around us, whether it's an urban park or rural landscape. She was most recently the Stewardship & Education Manager at the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, an urban land trust located in Massachusetts. 
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