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Wildlife and Warblers program focuses on Vermont's
four southern-most counties, which are out of reach
for most Vermont nonprofits because have their
headquarters in the northern half of the state.
Beland had already participated in Foresters
for the Birds, a program of Audubon Vermont and
the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and
Recreation, when she first met the Stones.
"Kathy and Frank are very into birds," Dan Stone
says. "They are big birders," Pat adds.
"We do like birds," Beland says with a laugh. "It
all started with the Foresters for the Birds program."
She uses the new silviculture guide developed by
the program. "It puts birds in the mix of how you
are going to manage your timber stand in a way
that benefits both the birds and the timber. Not that
you always use all the techniques, but you can be
intentional about what you do. If you were going to
use one word to describe this program, it would be
'intentional,'" she says.
As part of the Woods, Wildlife and Warblers
program, Hagenbuch visits landowners for a forest
bird habitat assessment. This shows owners which
birds are already finding a home property, how their
land fits into the surrounding landscape, and rates
the quality of bird habitats types such as mature
forest and young forest.
Ideally, this assessment is done before a forest
management plan is created. The Stones already
had a forest management plan when they joined the
program, but they were due for a timber harvest,
which was adjusted based on the assessment.
Beland says the Stones had diverse goals for
their forest, but they had a diverse forest that could
meet those goals. She says she wouldn't use the
silviculture techniques from the Foresters for the
Birds program with just any client, but with the
Stones interest in helping wildlife, it seemed to be a
After reviewing the bird habitat assessment,
Beland adjusted the plan for the timber harvest
to make one of the forest openings larger. The
assessment showed that there was plenty of closedcanopy forest around the Stones' land. What was
missing were larger openings. A two-acre area of
low-quality pines will be harvested to make a lightand food-filled young forest. The Stones are pleased
that Beland found a market for those scrappy pines,
so they can benefit birds and other wildlife, while still
making an income from the harvested trees.
The Stones say Beland warned them that their
woods won't be as pretty after timber is logged on
95 of their 110 forested acres, but they are looking
forward to it because the timber harvest will create
new trails through their property for hiking and
Trees for the Birds
Meanwhile, in Guilford, Vt. Marli Rabinowitz was
included in a group who so reliably turned up for
any workshop or educational opportunity involving
woods and wildlife that they were jokingly labeled
"habitual offenders" by the Vermont Woodlands
Association, Audubon Vermont and other
Forest management is Rabinowitz's passion,
leaving her little time for the things that occupy
her neighbors, such as gardening. "It's like living
architecture," she says of managing her trees.
"There's always something going on, even if you
don't see it. It's kind of addictive."
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers addressed the
same issues she was so interested in learning about.
"It's a huge undertaking to keep awareness of all
these other species and still have the forest be part
of our community, culture and economy," she says.
Rabinowitz went further than merely joining the
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers program and receiving
a forest bird habitat assessment for her 89 acres
in southern Vermont from Hagenbuch. She also
volunteered as a peer mentor.
Hagenbuch says New England's forest birds need
both kinds of landowners to thrive. "We can't just
depend protected land and on the landowners who
are passionate about birds and wildlife. We need all
of it." Action by landowners like the Stones, who are
willing to take the extra step, even though wildlife is
a secondary goal, is the only way we are going to
protect the region's biodiversity, he says.
Wanner said she learned a lot visiting with the
Stones on their back porch, including the virtues of
the accidental woodland owner. "They bought the
house and the woods came with it," Wanner says.
"That describes so well so many people who come
into forest ownership without understanding forestry.
Then they learn the power of managing a forest and
how they can do something good."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodlands - Fall 2017
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
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 6
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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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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover3
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover4