We will be offering the SOUL Tree Steward Course this spring, in-person at the Middlebury UVM Extension Office every Wednesday; date/times are March 18 and 25, April 1 and 8 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday April 18th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We will announce course details and will open registration in the next couple of weeks. Please share widely! If interested, contact Elise Schadler.
Growing Works of Art
A contest for grades 1-8
To help us celebrate and spread the word about Arbor Day, we are inviting students to actively participate in the celebration by creating art-inspired by trees. This year's theme is: Celebrate Vermont Town Forests. To grow works of art, students will explore and research a town forest and the benefits it brings to the community.
2014 Tree Stewards
Ever year the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council sponsors Tree Steward Awards as a way to recognize Vermont’s community tree and forests champions.
Kate Forrer and her family welcomed a third child, Iris Lillian, in November. Kate will return full-time in March.
We bid farewell to Caitlin Cusack this month. After three years of exceptional work with VT UCF, we wish her well in her new role as a stewardship forester with the Vermont Land Trust. Check out Caitlin's farewell blog post.
This fall Mollie Klepack joined UVM Extension as the Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator; her work is directly aligned with VT UCF's programming and we are excited to have her on board!
Oriental Spruce Picea orientalis
Zone 5 Oriental spruce is elegant and underused. It can grow 50 to 60 feet tall, but 25 to 40 feet is more typical in the landscape with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. The growth habit is strongly pyramidal and the tree is densely branched. Performs best in full sun and acidic, well-drained loam, but tolerates a range of soil types as long as it has good drainage. Sensitive to drought in winter and intolerant of drying winter winds and air pollution. Best used as a specimen in a protected location.
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