Each quarter we hold a Woodlots gathering for all the members of each Woodlot group. It's both a social and informational event which provides landowners with an opportunity to connect and learn about each others land. Members of a Woodlot group take turns hosting a gathering, where we share a meal, discuss a theme for the day and take a walk together. This summer Scott and Wendy Boyce hosted the Richford gathering which is a working sugarbush. Steve Hagenbuch of Audubon Vermont, center with his back to the camera, joined us this summer at the Richford & Montgomery sessions. Audubon Vermont provides individual and group Songbird Habitat Assessments for the Woodlots members. Additionally, for landowners like the Boyce's who produce maple syrup, Audubon's Bird-friendly Maple Project helps landowners intentionally manage with birds in mind while keeping the working landscape healthy. Audubon Conservation Biologist, Steve Hagenbuch, talks about the importance of forest structure from the forest floor to the canopy and how it benefits birds. CHC brings in experts like Steve to share their knowledge with the Woodlots landowners. As each Woodlots group evolves, the participants begin to identify their specific needs & interests which CHC uses its network of partners to support. A potluck meal together at each gathering allows us to build community and catch up with our neighbors. A bit of social time, is mixed with a bit of talk about our cross-boundary plans for keeping our forests healthy, productive and connected for people and wildlife!
Each quarter we hold a Woodlots gathering for all the members of each Woodlot group. It's both a social and informational event which provides landowners with an opportunity to connect and learn about each others land.
Pictures by Jessica Boone & Bridget Butler