Windham Regional Woodlands Association Annual Meeting
Celebrating the “Career in the Woods” of Bill Guenther!
Newfane Hill Old Common and Newfane Village Common (The Green)
Potluck and cookout lunch at Bill’s place on Bensch Mountain
Saturday, August 25 (Rain or shine), 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This year’s meeting will have a few twists. We will start at two locations for field visits and then convene at Bill’s place for lunch, tours and late afternoon libations. Bill will likely be hanging up his County Forester’s hat and retiring either this fall or early winter, so this will be his last official hurrah with WRWA as the Windham County Forester!
IMPORTANT: Please provide information by Monday, August 20, if you plan to attend the meeting. Please let our new Clerk Cindy Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org) know whether you would prefer a hamburger made from locally produced beef, Grand Kosher hot dog (low-fat, no filler), or a vegetarian burger. Your timely notification will help to ensure that we have adequate grill foods. You are welcome to enjoy more than one of the items; just let Cindy know. Thank you!
Let’s have a “Green” Meeting! To help, we ask that everyone be part of the Green Team.
What to bring:
Potluck dish for lunch, including a serving utensil
Travel mug for beverages
Chair, if you prefer a seat with a back. There will be a few chairs, but please try to bring your own if able.
For the field trip, suitable footwear for forest trails with moderate hills; insect and tick repellant; and, if it suits your needs or style, walking sticks.
$8.00 registration fee per person to cover grilling supplies and other meeting expenses
We ask that you please leave your dog at home. It is a long and complicated day!
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. — Did you know that Newfane Village used to be in a different place? Way back when, it was up at the top of Newfane Hill. Laura Bacon-Wallingford of the Windham County Historical Society will give us some background on “Old” Newfane. Bill will then discuss the small, but very sensitive timber sale done on the parcel in 2010. We’ll provide cider donuts and coffee.
9:45 – 10:00 — Travel to Newfane Village
10:00 – 11:00 — Meet with Larry Robinson, a multi-generational Newfane native, also with the Windham County Historical Society. Larry will give us the background on how the Village ended up in the valley as well as some fascinating insight into the ownership of the courthouse. Bill will discuss the long-term tree care program on what may be the most photographed green in Vermont. He has worked with the county for 25 years managing the trees on this scenic piece of real estate.
11:00 – 11:15 — Travel to Bill Guenther’s place: 51 Bensch Mountain Rd., Newfane, Vt.
Registration: Sign in for the rest of the meeting and make your lunch payment. This will give you a chance to meet Cindy Levine, our new Clerk.
11:30 – 12:30 — Business meeting presided over by WRWA President Marli Rabinowitz.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. — Grill Master (and Windham/Windsor Counties Forester) Sam Schneski will cook our hamburgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian burgers. If you can, please bring a potluck dish to share as well as a suitable serving utensil. At a recent meeting, past president Stu Thurber remarked that the lunch gets better each year!
Again, please let Cindy Levine (email@example.com) know by August 20 whether you will want a hamburger, hot dog, a vegetarian burger (or all the above!). If you do not have email, please call Dana Ruppert at Bill Guenther’s office (802-257-7967, Ext. 302) to make a reservation.
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. — Bill will provide a tour of his 23.6-acre woodlot and discuss his 30 years of forest management. He has supplied his own firewood during that time saving about $30,000 on fuel oil. The walking will be on moderate but uneven terrain, so wear good sturdy footwear. The program will focus on small woodlot firewood production, including harvesting, blocking, splitting, stacking and drying wood.
On the tour there will also be a discussion of deer browse and how it has impacted the landscape in this part of Newfane. Pruning of hardwood tress will also be mentioned.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. — This will be time for a general discussion about Bill’s career, with contributions by Munson Hicks’s memories of his father, Halsey Hicks, the first Windham County Forester. Celebratory libations will be served; Bill will make up a batch of his special Mai-Tais. Should you want beer or wine, please BYOB.