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.
- Cersosimo Lumber Company Tour
Thursday, October 5, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Cersosimo Lumber Company Mill in Vernon
Cersosimo Lumber Company will host WRWA at their facility in Vernon, Vermont. This sawmill operation produces hardwood lumber and White Pine lumber from local forests that reaches markets all over the globe.
Dress appropriately for a short walk; closed-toed footwear is required. Our hosts will provide hearing protection and safety glasses. All participants must be at least 12-years old, and no pets are allowed on the tour.
If you plan to attend, please contact Eric Parenti (802-254-4508 ext. 129- office, 603-355-6980 – cell, Eparenti@cersosimo.com) by September 29 so that Cersosimo will know how many guests to prepare for.
From the south end of Main Street in Brattleboro (near the Brattleboro Food Co-op) go east towards the bridge over the Connecticut River. Just beyond Main Street, make a quick right turn (south) onto Route 142. (Do not go over the bridge into N.H.). Continue south about two miles, looking for a red Cersosimo office building on the right (west side of Route 142). Park across the road from the red building.
- Wildlife Patch Cut Tour -Lee and Diana Todd’s woodlot
Saturday, October 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Lee and Diana Todd’s woodlot in Halifax
Tour of a wildlife patch cut after three years of regrowth.
Landowners Diana and Lee Todd will host a second WRWA visit to their patch cut in Halifax, Vt. What does a site cleared with a forest mulcher (aka Brontosaurus) look like after three growing seasons? Come take a look at a patch cut that was cleared in the fall of 2014. The project’s goal is to develop early successional habitat for wildlife. The patch is at the intersection of two roads, so it’s very visible to the neighbors. The typical reaction after the work was done: “It looks like a bomb went off!” On this field trip, we will see how the patch has changed since the cut, the vegetation that is colonizing the site, and the wildlife that has returned.
The patch cut is directly across the road from the house. We’ll walk along the road a bit, then ramble through the flat, easy terrain of the patch itself, covering no more than about a half mile. Wear footwear suitable for uneven surfaces and bring insect and tick repellant.
For more information, contact Diana Todd at
From Brattleboro: From exit 2 of I-91, take Route 9 west for about 12.5 miles. At a big bend in the road just before ascending Hogback Mountain, turn left (south) onto Butterfield Rd. Follow Butterfield Road about 3.5 miles until it ends at a T-intersection. Turn right (west) onto Hatch School Road and go a few hundred yards to the first house on the left (#273, white house, white barn). Park on the lawn. (It’s tough. It can take it.)
From Wilmington: Take Route 9 east. After passing the 100-mile view at Hogback, descend the mountain and take the first right (south) onto Butterfield Road. (Just before this turn, there will be a blue-roofed barn on the north side of Route 9.) Then follow the directions as above.
- Big Tree Tour 2017
November 11, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — The BIG Tree Tour (rain or shine)
Bill Guenther, Windham County Forester, will once again lead a daylong tour to view some of the largest trees in Windham County, either champions or significant trees on the Vermont Big Tree Register. The tour is free and open to the public. We ask that you please leave your dog at home.
Participants need to wear sturdy footgear and clothes to match the weather, and to bring water and lunch. Lunch will likely be from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the Newfane Courthouse.
The tour will kick off at the information booth of the Brattleboro Common at the intersection of Park Place and Putney Road. After a short introduction, the tour will depart at 8:45 SHARP, so don’t be late! For more information contact Bill Guenther at the Extension
Service Office, 257-7967, Ext. 305.
A booklet will be provided that includes the day’s schedule, types of trees, locations, and tree identification information. There is also an explanation of how to take the three measurements that are used to qualify a tree for the Big Tree Register.
The tour involves driving from one area to the next, then hiking to the big trees, which are spread out around the county. There will be eight trees on the tour this year. Seven of the trees are within 100 yards of parking. Only one tree involves a bit of a short scramble down a bank.
In the morning, we will visit what will likely become the state’s largest Japanese Maple, which we will measure on the tour. Following that will be a new champion Beech, state champions in Silver Maple and Red Mulberry and the runner-up Butternut, at the late Esther Falk’s residence.
For those who wish to join just the afternoon portion of the tour, you can link up with the group at the Newfane Courthouse between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. The afternoon will include visits to three champion trees – Apple, Sycamore, and White Pine.
Please contact Bill Guenther or check the WRWA website in October to confirm the final schedule, which could change as not all landowner permissions had been granted at press time.
- Winter Tree Identification and Potluck
Saturday, February 17, 2018
- Sugarhouse Tour 2018; Dave Matt’s Sugarhouse, Marlboro
Saturday, March 24, 2018
- Somerset Old-Growth Forest
Saturday, March 31, 9:30 AM – 3 PM.(This trip is highly dependent on weather and snow conditions so date and time are tentative.) WRWA Members Only
County Forester Bill Guenther will lead a small group of 5-12 WRWA members on a tour of old-growth forest on a 60-acre property that was a gift to Leland & Gray High School. About 12-15 acres are stocked with big birches; the remainder is in spruce/fir and beaver flowage. At about noon, hikers will break for a picnic lunch at the campsite before continuing on to the birch stand with some tree trunks greater than three feet in diameter. This moderate-to-strenuous hike involves some bushwhacking in the remote area and requires both x-country skis for the road and snowshoes for the woods. Bring a bag lunch. Dress warmly and in layers.