Woodlots Program Manager
As Woodlots Program Manager, Monica organizes quarterly gatherings and educational opportunities for woodlots program members and seeks to expand the program into additional CHC towns. She is also capturing the inner workings of the program into a toolkit that can be used by other organizations wishing to engage landowners in landscape-scale stewardship.
Monica has always sought to combine scientific research with community education. She spent five years with Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Community Wildlife Program, and she has also worked as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park, coordinated community-based planning, citizen science, and educational activities in a Staying Connected Initiative wildlife corridor, taught science courses at the Community College of Vermont, acted as Stewardship Coordinator for the Upper Valley Land Trust, and taught kids at an outdoor science school. She has an M.S. in Botany through the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program and a B. A. in Biology from Lewis & Clark College.
Natural habitat: A creature of forests and mountains, Monica loves to explore. Nothing makes her happier than visiting special places with those willing to share stories, knowledge, or a new perspective. She can also be found searching for swimming holes with her two daughters, playing board games, or making music.
President & Co-founder, Montgomery
Charlie is a consulting forester and conservationist at North Woods Forestry, working with private landowners and nonprofits across northern Vermont. Charlie received undergraduate degrees in Forestry and Recreation Management from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Prior to taking over North Woods Forestry in 2007, Charlie worked as an operations forester with Upland Forestry and the Lyme Timber Co. in the Adirondack region of New York.
In addition to his work at North Woods Forestry, Charlie is Co-Founder and President of CHC. Charlie has also served as chairman of the Montgomery Selectboard since 2016 and sits on the Vermont Land Trust Board of Trustees, the Vermont Natural Resource Council Board of Directors, and as vice-chair of the State of Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Board.
Natural Habitat: Somewhere in the woods, decked out with an orange vest, flecked with blue tree marking paint, accompanied by two dogs, and continually in awe of how lucky we are to call this place home.
Vice President & Co-founder, Westford
As Co-Founder and Vice President of CHC, Nancy brings a vision for the future of the Northern Forest to the CHC region. Her work as a community organizer and County Forester for the VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation helps connect the people in CHC’s seven town region with the science of conservation and ecological forest management. Nancy's mantra has become CHC’s motto:
You only see what you know, love what you see, and protect what you love.
Nancy has spent her lifetime working and learning about the forests of New England and other parts of the world. She has been a practicing forester since 1985 when she graduated with a B.S in Forestry from UVM. Nancy has since obtained an M.A in Curriculum Development from UVM and a M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from Texas A&M-Kingsville. She serves on the Board of Two Countries, One Forest and on the steering committee for the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere network. Her past experience includes work as a consulting forester, an educator, and as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Natural Habitat: The forest is always the place of recovery, restoration, and inspiration for Nancy. Non-destination roaming is Nancy's greatest pleasure; what she calls zen walking. Her property in Enosburgh was one of the first places permanently conserved along with her neighbors through CHC efforts. She now walks behind her new land in Westford, VT where there are 7,000 acres of unfragmented forest.
Everett was a successful technology entrepreneur and mad scientist but is failing at retirement. In addition to serving on the CHC Board of Directors, he is a member of the Montgomery Woodlots group and Northwest Communications Union District. He lives in the middle of a conserved forest in Montgomery.
Natural habitat: Everett can be found working in his forest, gazing at Big Jay mountain from his meadow, or deep in the recesses of the wine cellar.
Jessica is the owner and operator of Hi Vue Maples, a multi-generational maple sugaring farm in Richford. The farmland is conserved, certified bird-friendly by Audubon, and part of CHC’s Forest Carbon Aggregation project. Jessica also works full-time in the dairy industry for the Vermont Dairy Herd Improvement Association and is the Commander of the Richford American Legion Post #12.
Natural habitat: Jessica enjoys tending to her mini-farm, which includes a mini-horse, mini-donkey, alpacas, bees, chickens, plus miscellaneous other critters.
Jenny grew up in South Richford, where she developed a deep appreciation for Vermont’s mountainous landscape. She put roots down at the foot of Mount Mansfield in Underhill several years ago after traveling throughout her 20s. Jenny is a registered nurse both at UVM Medical Center and Johnson Elementary School. Her work continues to inform her of the importance of intact forests. Beyond the physical and mental health benefits that recreating in a forest provides, the ecosystem services of clean air, clean water, and carbon storage are imperative to human health.
Natural habitat: Jenny enjoys getting into the mountains by biking, hiking, skiing, or watching birds and wildlife around her home, often with a camera in hand.
In addition to serving as a CHC Board member, Greg also participates in CHC's Woodlots and Keeping Track programs, and volunteers for CHC's collaborator the Missisquoi River Basin Association. A former professor of environmental studies, his work continues as an activist and scientist. Topics include the intrinsic and instrumental value of diversity and equality in nature and society, the fundamental conflict between economic growth and ecological health, and the roles that various types of organization have to play in making progress toward a better future. Greg has a B. A. in International Affairs from Trinity University, as well as an M. S. in Ecology and Evolution and a Ph.D. in Conceptual Foundations of Science, both from the University of Chicago.
Natural habitat: Woods in two ecoregions – the Upper Midwest forest-savanna transition and the New England-Acadian forest – and a city in a third, the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests.
Lucy was born in Waterville and, as a long-time community member in CHC’s seven-town region, attended CHC’s first community gathering in 2008. She is currently the Vermont State Representative for Cambridge and Waterville, and also a University of Vermont Trustee, Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District founding Board member, and sawmill employee at LSF Forest Products. She received an honors degree in Biology from the University of Vermont and has a background in wildlife genetics and conservation. Her past experience also includes working for family-owned, agricultural businesses both in Vermont and throughout the country, including a birch syrup business in Alaska, a beef cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains, and various local dairy farms.
Natural habitat: Lucy enjoys long-distance running, reading, and milking her Guernsey, Sadie.