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      Understanding Timber Harvesting in Hinesburg

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      January 11, 2020

      Saturday   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      1332 Hayden Hill Rd W
      Hinesburg, Vermont 05461

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      Understanding Timber Harvesting

      Throughout our lives, most of us have been inundated with negative information about logging – close your eyes and you can probably picture big clear cuts, mudslides and more scenes of environmental devastation. However, modern forest management is worlds apart from the logging that most people have been exposed to. Done well, modern forest management, through the harvesting of trees, can be restorative and regenerative, helping create more diverse, vibrant, resilient forests with better wildlife habitat, helping forests recover from the effects of human land use and restoring old-growth attributes sooner than they would naturally occur. At the same time, forest management generates local, renewable resources which get turned into building materials, paper, power and more. Like local food, local wood is an asset in that it supports our working landscape and our rural communities and mitigates the transportation and use of resources, produced under potentially more adverse ecological and social conditions, from elsewhere in the country or the world.

      Join us for “Understanding Timber Harvesting,” a walk of an active timber harvest at the Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF) with Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester. The HTF is an 864-acre forest owned by the Town of Hinesburg and managed for wildlife, recreation, water, air, carbon sequestration and as a site for the demonstration of modern, responsible forest management. We will walk the timber harvest area and talk about forests, forest management, and forest ecology. Please bring an open mind, warm clothes, and all those questions you’ve never had a chance to ask about logging and forest management.

      To attend this walk, meet at 1:00 PM on 1/11 at the plow turnaround at the end of Economou Road, Huntington. This walk will happen “rain (snow, mud) or shine.” Participants should be ready to spend a couple hours outdoors walking over uneven and potentially slippery surfaces in whatever weather we find ourselves in, and also to spend extended periods of time standing and talking.

      Categories: Education | Outdoors & Recreation | Science

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