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have attracted dependable nesting pairs of bluebirds after
many early years of failure. 
During a visit from Nathan Truitt, vice president of
strategic partnerships at American Forest Foundation
(AFF), Peter and Julie learned about the Woods, Wildlife,
and Warblers Program. This program is a partnership
of AFF, Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Tree Farm
Committee, and Vermont Woodlands Association that
works to involve landowners in the protection of bird
habitat. It provides essential resources such as expert
information and site visits to landowners so that they can
learn how to best care for their woods and the wildlife
that depends on them. Because this would bring in
landowners who were not yet properly managing their
land, Peter and Julie eagerly pitched in, attending an
outreach meeting and offering a tour on their Clarendon
Tree Farm, which was formerly owned by Julie's parents.
The Parkers have learned a lot about their land from
their involvement with this program. They learned that
their woodland is located in the Atlantic Northern Forest
Bird Conservation Region as delineated by the North
American Bird Conservation Initiative. Audubon Vermont
has identified the landscape in the area of the Parker
property as the Battell Forest Bird Hot Block. The Parkers
have followed recommendations by Audubon Vermont:
single tree/small group selection harvests, retention of
yellow birch and creation of early-successional forest. The
two-acre patch cut near Braintree Gap is intended to help
early-succession bird species. 
Along with knowledge about their forest, the program
taught Peter that he needed to cut out even more

invasives, which he calls an ongoing job. A responsible
landowner's work is never done.
Through the 1990s and '00s, Peter says, the family
loved seeing a bear and three cubs under an apple tree
one night with a porcupine fiercely defending it. Another
favorite memory: seeing a goshawk swoop down on
their birding walk for the first time.
The Parkers have met forest plan objectives - for
growing quality timber and keeping a healthy and
diverse forest through a succession of timber and
firewood harvests - for decades. Most areas are
managed following uneven aged guides, integrating
wildlife habitat, water quality, and aesthetics where
appropriate or as needed - all with the overarching goal
of improving habitat.
"It's very important to have areas like ours and larger
pieces of forest land," Peter declares. "Bears, moose
and larger species need connectivity - they can wander
from one ownership to the next to find food and cover.
Our desire is to contribute to that healthy forest habitat."
AFF and ATFS have partnered with the couple
throughout, from sponsoring educational field trips and
seminars to offering the most important benefit -
the tree farm certification program. Certification
encourages landowners to practice good stewardship,
Peter believes, and assures the public of sustainable
Fruits and Forests Forever
"Forestry is a long-term business whose rewards
can take decades," says Peter. Now that decades have
passed, some of those rewards have come to fruition.
Since 1995, the Parkers have had a yearly routine
of spending winters in California and summer into fall
in Granville. Fall includes making cider and crabapple
jelly. February may bring the family - including three
daughters and now spouses and grandchildren - back
for cross-country skiing on the woods roads with
neighbors or mountain biking in snowless weather.
Some pruning of a small apple orchard for wildlife also
makes the agenda.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2019

2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year
Giving Back for the Forests of Tomorrow
Policies And Partnerships Go Hand In Hand For Strong Forests
Woodland - Winter 2019 - Intro
Woodland - Winter 2019 - cover1
Woodland - Winter 2019 - cover2
Woodland - Winter 2019 - 3
Woodland - Winter 2019 - OVERSTORY
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - FORESTS AND FAMILIES
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - FOREST INTERACTIONS Seedlings
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - Giving Back for the Forests of Tomorrow
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - Policies And Partnerships Go Hand In Hand For Strong Forests
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - TOOLS AND RESOURCES
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Woodland - Winter 2019 - cover3
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