Our programs are usually free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise. Many of our program sites are on private property or in remote locations, so please register in advance, if requested, and heed the dress or equipment requirements.
- Allard Lumber Mill Tour
Wednesday, July 17th at 5:00 p.m.
We will meet at the main office at 74 Glen Orne Drive. Dress appropriately including covered toe shoes or boots. We will be inside, outside, and on uneven ground.
The company was started in 1974 and is now owned by Clifford Allard. Allard buys standing timber and logs from four states. They then saw, dry, and ship lumber around the world through brokers and wholesalers. Allard also manufactures railroad ties, pallet cants, bridge mats and grade stakes.
Byproducts from the mill including bark are marketed to a secondary processor. Sawdust is burned to heat the wood kilns plus cogener-ation of electricity through a turbine and steam engine. Wood chip biomass is sold to schools, private and municipal facilities for heat.
The sawmill is on Old Ferry Road with concentration log yards in Chestertown, N.Y., North Haverhill, N.H., and Pawlet, Vt. They have licensed foresters on staff that can handle all phases of landowner needs, from planning advice to harvesting strategies. Allard lumber employs 45 people in all aspects of day-to-day business operations including manufacturing, administration and marketing.
In 2016 Allard received the prestigious Sawmill of the Year Award for the northeastern United States from the Northeastern Loggers Association.
Directions: From exit 3 off I-91 go around the rotary to the third turnoff and go North on Route 5. Continue for about a quarter of a mile. At the stoplight, take a RIGHT onto Old Ferry Road. Past Gordon’s Auto Repair, take a RIGHT onto Glen Orne Dr. We will meet at the main office on the LEFT, 74 Glen Orne Dr.
- Fern Identification Walk
Thursday, July 25th at 6 p.m. — Maximum of 15 people
Lynn Levine, consulting forester and a past board member of WRWA, has just written a new book called “Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns in the Northeast.” (See review by Arthur Westing in this issue.) We will meet at Dummerston Center where we will carpool to Lynn’s house. Lynn will give a short talk about ferns and then lead us on a walk on the Partridge Road property. This will be followed by a potluck dessert.
Lynn’s fern book will be available at a discounted price of $10.
Maximum of 15 people. Please register in advance by emailing , subject line Fern Walk, or by calling 254-8325 to leave a message.
Directions to Dummerston Center/Dummerston Town Office
From the East: Route 9 West into Vermont. Go around the rotary to the first turnoff and go North on Route 5. After about 1.3 miles heading north, Middle Road will be the left fork. Take that LEFT onto Middle Road for about 3 miles to Dummerston Center (after about 6/10 of a mile, there is a strong curve left – stay on Middle Road). When you get to Dummerston Center, the Town Office parking lot is on the left just before the Congregational Church.
From the West: Route 30 to the Dummerston Covered Bridge. Cross the bridge and make a right, which then curves up to the left. Follow the East-West Road up over the hill. At Dummerston Center, at the 4-way stop sign, take a RIGHT and we will be on the right in the Dummerston Town Office parking lot, just after the Dummerston Congregational Church.
From the North: I-91 to Exit 4. Turn left onto Route 5 South and drive about 2.5 miles. Make a RIGHT onto Schoolhouse Road. Continue straight until you are in Dummerston Center. Make a LEFT at the 4-way stop sign and we will be on the right in the Dummerston Town Office parking lot, just after the Dummerston Congregational Church.
From the South: Take I-91 to Exit 3 in Vermont. Go around the Rotary to the third turnoff and go North on Route 5. After about 1.3 miles heading north, Middle Road will be the left fork. Take that LEFT onto Middle Road for about 3 miles to Dummerston Center (after about 6/10 of a mile, there is a strong curve left – stay on Middle Road). When you get to Dummerston Center, the Town Office parking lot is on the left just before the Congregational Church.
- Annual Meeting 2019
Saturday, August 24th — West Townshend, Vermont
This year’s WRWA annual meeting will be hosted in the high remote valley of Cobb Brook at the base of Glebe Mountain on the border of Jamaica and Windham, Vermont. We will hear a conservation story about large tracts of land conserved by private individuals, families, land trusts, The Nature Conservancy, and the State of Vermont.
We will gather on land owned by the Newton family for four generations. They are working to keep their 400-plus acre forest in the family and pass it down, intact, to the younger generation. We will have a walking tour of a portion of the forest, highlighting current small scale sustainable harvesting and the single tree selection process.
The agenda will include forestry updates from Sam Schneski, the annual WRWA business meeting, our usual and wonderful grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers, member potluck sides, and more.
Hamilton Falls is nearby for those who want to stop and see it afterwards.
- Game of Logging
September Game of Logging — Watch for details in Summer Woodlot Tips