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Northeastern Finalist: The Parker
Family Trust of Vermont
The Parker Family Trust (Peter &
Julie Parker) promote outstanding
forest stewardship by example.
They initially acquired 187 acres in
1981 and enrolled the woodland in
both the ATFS and Vermont Current
Use programs shortly thereafter.
Four adjacent parcels were added
during the next 15 years and their
ownership now totals 560 acres.
Peter and Julie are committed
to the long-term, sustainable
stewardship of their land. They have
developed and followed Forest
Management Plans for 35+ years,
actively promoted tree farming
and forest management to their
neighbors, and stayed up to date
with forestry issues.
Their land is open for hunting,
hiking, cross country skiing, birding,

and all non-motorized use. Peter
annually mows access roads and
forest openings and has done a
considerable amount of timber
stand improvement through
firewood harvests. Wildlife habitat
improvement practices include
ongoing apple tree release, retention
of den trees and mast species, and
creation of "early successional"
patches for songbird habitat. In
1982 an ongoing growth study on a
White pine plantation was started,
and six permanent CFI growth plots
were established in 2001. An initial
Audubon survey was done in 2007,
and songbirds are now monitored
twice each summer along an
established "trail" through various
habitat types within their woodland.
The Parkers have hosted
meetings for Vermont Coverts,
woodland succession planning,

chainsaw safety training, and wild
apple tree maintenance. In 2017,
a Conservation Easement was
granted to VT Land Trust to ensure
the property remains undeveloped
in perpetuity.

NORTH CENTRAL REGION
North Central Finalist:
Mike Trial of Missouri
Mike has been deeply involved with
the management of his 55-acre walnut
plantation since planting the first seedlings
with his dad, George, in 1967. Mike writes
very detailed 3-year management plans and
keeps diligent records that date back more
than 50 years. He does much of the forest
management work himself and hires trained
professionals when necessary. Mike's
primary goal is to produce high quality
black walnut lumber, but he actively battles
invasive species like autumn olive. He also
allows people to hunt in the native woods
around his plantation.
Mike is passionate and knowledgeable
about growing black walnut and like his
dad is a lifetime member of the Missouri
State Chapter and the National Walnut
Councils. He received his 50th anniversary
American Tree Farm Certification in 2018
and was chosen as Missouri's 2018 Tree
Farmer of the Year. He enjoys spreading his
knowledge of tree plantation management
with others and has hosted three pruning
and tree planting workshops on his
property in the last decade.

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Woodland - Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Summer 2019

Overstory
Foresets and Families
Forest Interactions
The Family Forest Carbon Program
2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Foresets and Families
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - The Family Forest Carbon Program
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - 2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
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