Recent Forestry Forum Spawned Sharing of Ideas
WRC Natural Resources Committee hosted their third forum in an ongoing series to bring together conservation minded people in our region to network and learn. The Spring 2013 topic covered two main topics on Forestry. Graduate students from the Conway School presented their research from last winter, where they collected stories from local foresters, and ideas and data to tell the story of cultural, economic, and conservation values of the working forest landscape of the Windham Region.
Jim Esden, Forestry Specialist with VT ANR, presented a very informative program on the invasive species Emerald Ash Borer, which is predicted to devastate the ash tree population in Vermont sometime in the future. Dealing with dead ash trees will pose a financial and, where ash trees are street trees or in parks, safety hazards for many municipalities in our region.
A lengthy and very good discussion followed both programs. The group of close to forty attendees included representation from; The Pinnacle Hill Association, BDCC, Riverledge Foundation, The Conservation Fund, Hogback Preservation Commission, Long View Forest Contracting, VT Woodlands Association, Havreluk Firewood, as well as numerous local residents, planning commission members and conservation commission members.