Here are some upcoming opportunities to learn about forests and forestry in Chittenden County in the next couple months, from Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester.
LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest Public Walk to Showcase Restoration Projects, Invasive Plant Control:
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Hinesburg Town Forest Committee and the Chittenden County Forester will host a public walk on the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest (LHTF), a 301-acre conserved municipal forest owned by the Town of Hinesburg. The purpose of this walk is two-fold: to seek input on the upcoming Management Plan for the LHTF and to raise awareness of current restoration and management efforts there. Meet at 10:00 AM at the LHTF parking area on Gilman Road in Hinesburg, ready to spend a day outdoors in any weather. Participants will tour the southern section of the LHTF from 10:00 – noon, have a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and then join Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, and Will Dunkley of Trout Lily Forestry Services to discuss invasive species control on the LHTF until 2:00 PM. The walk is free and open to all. The 2009 Management Plan for the LHTF, and a draft of the 2019 Management Plan, can be found at http://www.hinesburg.org/lhtf/. Comments on the plan can be given via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at a Hinesburg Town Forest Committee meeting, the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Hinesburg Town Hall.
New Forest Management Plan for Andrews Community Forest(Richmond):
Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper, in partnership with the Andrews Community Forest Committee, has drafted a new Forest Management Plan for the Andrews Community Forest (ACF), a 428-acre Town Forest owned by the Town of Richmond. This FMP provides detailed recommendations on the stewardship of forests at the ACF, from invasive plant control to carbon sequestration and storage, wildlife habitat and the management of the ACF as a source of local, renewable forest resources. This FMP will supplement the Management Plan developed by the Town of Richmond for the ACF in 2018. The focus of this FMP is both to encourage the growth and development of healthy, vibrant forests and to demonstrate responsible, modern forest stewardship. The public are invited to read and provide input on this FMP; you can read the draft FMP at http://www.richmondvt.gov/boards-minutes/conservation-commission/richmond-town-forest/ and provide comments by email to email@example.com or in person at one of the events listed below. Here are a couple opportunities in October to learn more about this FMP and ask questions about it:
- On Saturday, October 5, the public are invited to a walk with Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper and members of the Andrews Community Forest Committee. Meet at 1:00pm at the ACF trailhead just east of Richmond Village on Route 2 (across from Maple Wind Farm), ready to walk on and off trail through variable terrain . Participants will tour the western section of the ACF from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and have an opportunity to talk about forests, forest management, the forest ecology at the ACF and specific work prescribed in the FMP.
- On Monday, October 28 at 7:00 pm the public are invited to attend a public meeting of the Andrews Community Forest Committee at the Richmond Town Hall, at 203 Bridge Street in Richmond. Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper will present the draft FMP, and answer questions about it.
The following two events are part of The Vermont Land Trust (VLT)’s Land Restoration Event Series. Among other topics, VLT has been focusing on recognizing the ecological impacts of over-populations of white-tailed deer in our forests, which is increasingly an issue in Chittenden County and throughout the state. Both of the following events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information on either of these events, contact Pieter van Loon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (802) 246-1502
Having Hunters On Your Land:
6:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday October 3, 2019, Richmond Public Library
Hunting can be a great tool to help landowners who have too many deer munching their forest seedlings, landscape plants, and gardens. However, having hunters on your property can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting or have had problems with hunters in the past. Join other landowners and staff from Vermont Fish & Wildlife and VLT for an evening discussion at the Richmond Town Library about allowing hunting on your land. This event is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and Vermont Fish & Wildlife. A similar event will be held on October 10 in Brattleboro.
See the Woods Through the Eyes of a Hunter:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday October 19, Richmond Public Library
Spend time with veteran hunters and see the land in a new way. Hear about the history of wildlife conservation in the US and the critical role hunters play in that conservation. A hunter’s success is defined by the journey, not the harvest. We’ll walk the woods and learn about habitat, the animals that use it, how to read wildlife signs, and the concept of fair chase. This event is co-sponsored by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers