Current Programs

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.

  • Keeping an Eye on Beech: Understanding Beech Leaf Disease – a webinar

    Monday June 10th, noon to 1:00 pm – Webinar

    On Monday, June 10, from noon to 1:00 pm, join Savannah Ferreira, forest health specialist with VT Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR)  and Andrew Hirsch, protection forester with VT FPR to learn about the invasive pest beech leaf disease. Beech leaf disease is a novel invasive pest that was first detected in Vermont in 2023, and has the ability to greatly affect our Vermont forests. This webinar will discuss its history and biology in the U.S. and in VT. This webinar is hosted by Vermont Woodlands Association and Windham Regional Woodland Owners Association.
    Click HERE to Register for this Zoom webinar.  Questions?  Contact WRWA at .

  • Forestry for the Birds – 10 years later, did it work? 

    Sunday, June 2, 7:30 am, Halifax

    Do wildlife patch cuts really work?  Ten years after a six-acre patch was cleared to the ground using a brontosaurus-type forest mulcher with assistance from an EQIP grant, we’ll be looking for the birds that are supposed to be attracted to the fresh young growth that has sprung up.  WRWA toured this site in 2014, when the big mulching machine was still on-site, and again three years later to see the intense burst of fresh growth.  If you joined either of those tours, you will be amazed at the state of the young forest now.

    We’re joining with the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society (SVAS) bright and early (7:30 am) since that’s when the birds we’re looking for are active.  You don’t need to be an experienced birder for this program.  SVAS will have a few pairs of binoculars to lend out, and their experts will help us identify the birds that we see and hear.  A representative from NRCS will also be there, to describe the EQIP co-funding program and other potential funding sources for people who are interested in creating a patch cut on their own land.  The program will last about two hours.

    The size of the group will be capped, so please sign up in advance by clicking here.  (If the link doesn’t work, go to this web site:  Meet at the Todds, 273 Hatch School Road, Halifax at 7:30 on Sunday, June 2.  Questions?  Send us an email here (or type in the address: ).

  • Insights Into Timber Stand Improvement

    Saturday June 1st -10:00 am – Vernon

    Whether you are interested in doing pre-commercial thinning yourself or simply want to better understand what your forester is recommending for your young forest, this workshop will help you see your trees in a new light.  Landowner Munson Hicks will host Forester George Weir and County Forester Sam Schneski on a walk through the woods to discuss the concepts of Timber Stand Improvement (TSI).  The goals of a TSI project are to identify crop trees with excellent sawtimber characteristics and to reduce competition from neighboring trees by removing unhealthy trees and lower economically valued trees.  Picking the trees to release, proper spacing, thinning tools and thinning methods will be reviewed.  The group will look at an area that has already been thinned, then take a look at an unthinned area and identify appropriate crop trees and spacing.  The focus will be primarily on white pine, but thinning of hardwoods will also be covered.

    Meet at the Hicks woodland at 870 Tyler Hill Road in Vernon at 10:00 on Saturday, June 1.  Questions?  Email us at WRWA: .

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