Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 35

BY MADELINE BODIN

"The woods came with it," says Pat Stone, as she
sits on the back porch of her Wallingford, Vermont
home, with tree-clad mountains rising to her right
and lush fields rolling into the distance on her left. "It
was more than we expected. We were looking for a
farm. That out there has been rated as prime ag soil.
The house was in good shape. The barn was in good
shape. We just kept coming back and looking at this
view. The woods were an afterthought. They just
came with it."
There is a conservation easement on the land,
so the Stones, Pat and her husband, Dan, couldn't
divide the prime agricultural soil they wanted from the
woodland that they didn't know what to do with. "All
of a sudden we found ourselves responsible for 110
forested acres," says Dan Stone.
They bought the property in 2010 and for several
years transitioned from being New York City area
commuters to theoretically-retired farmers in Vermont.
"It was an expensive ski house for four years,"
Pat says.
It was their property tax bills that set the Stones
on the path that would lead them to become among
the first landowners to participate in a new forest
management program called Woods, Wildlife and
Warblers. The program was created through a
partnership between the American Forest Foundation,
Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Woodlands
Association and the Vermont Tree Farm Program.
Most states have programs that tax agricultural or
open space property at a lower rate than residential
properties. In Vermont, to take advantage of this lower
tax rate for forested land, property owners must have
a forestry management plan approved by the state.
"You could choose to do nothing," Pat says, "but then
you get taxed on it."
After interviewing several consulting foresters, they
felt they just clicked with Kathy Beland, a partner in
the consulting forestry company Not Just Trees, Inc.
with Frank Hudson.
"When we first hired her, Kathy Beland interviewed
us and asked what we want out of our forest," Pat
says. "We said recreation was our top goal. We also
wanted to make a little money to pay back the logging
expenses. And, we wanted to make it heathier for
wildlife."
Where the Birds Are
The Stones' land in Vermont is a hotspot of
songbird diversity - an attribute shared by all of New
England. "Vermont and the surrounding New England
states are the summer nesting habitat for some
of the greatest diversity of migratory bird species
anywhere in the country," says Steve Hagenbuch, a

Magnolia Warbler

Forester Frank Hudson marking timber harvest on Dan and Pat Stone's property
in Wallingford, VT, as part of the Woods, Wildlife, and Warblers project.
Photo credit: Audubon VT

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodlands - Fall 2017

Overstory
Tools and Resources
Forests and Families
A Legacy to Keep
From Forests to Fermentation
Feathering a Forested Nest
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - intro
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover1
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover2
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 3
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Overstory
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 5
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 6
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 17
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Tools and Resources
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 19
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Forests and Families
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 21
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 22
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 23
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - A Legacy to Keep
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 25
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 26
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 27
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 28
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 29
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - From Forests to Fermentation
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 32
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 33
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Feathering a Forested Nest
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 36
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