logging

House passes bill aiming to keep forests together

A bill advanced through the House on Thursday that would have developers design projects to preserve as much as possible uninterrupted tracts of woods. Wildlife advocates say such areas are critical to the health of forests and the animal species living there. Critics say the bill, H.233, will hurt foresters and loggers while diminishing property […]

Debate centers on whether bill helps or hurts forest industry

Supporters say the forest fragmentation bill would protect big tracts crucial to the industry and wildlife, while opponents say regulation makes it hard for large landowners to hold onto their parcels.

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Introduces the ‘Landowner Guides to a Successful Timber Harvest’

News Release — Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation April 10, 2017 Contact: Joanne Garton Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation [email protected] 802-249-4217 Landowners Encouraged to Cut with Confidence Montpelier, Vt. – Landowners considering logging on their land can now benefit from a series of simple and concise guides, designed to address the most common […]

New rules require loggers to protect water quality

The industry says current practices mostly align with the rules already, but some are concerned about the new lack of flexibility to adapt to specific locations and conditions.

Vermont Revises Rules for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs

News Release — Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation October 21, 2016 Media Contact: Meghan Purvee, 802-279-7870 MONTPELIER — An improved set of practices designed to protect water quality on logging jobs goes into effect as a revised rule tomorrow, October 22. The Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont, […]

Justices back forestry officials in tax fight with timber company

The court, in deciding the company logged too much to qualify for a tax break based on the current use of its forestland, says the overcutting could prove costly.

Moosalamoo Campground to Close Two Weeks Early

News Release — Green Mountain National Forest Sept. 20, 2016 Media Contact: Ethan M. Ready, Public Affairs Officer Voice: (802) 747‐6760 Cell: (802) 558‐8176 [email protected] Rochester, VT (September 20, 2016) – Forest Service officials announced today that the Moosalamoo Campground, located on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) in Goshen, Vermont will close at 12:00 […]

Vermont Attorney General files charges against two men for logging from state property

Two Cavendish men are facing criminal charges for illegally logging trees from state property. Matthew Wyman, 31, is charged with two counts of unlawful mischief, and Joey Wyman, 34, is charged with two counts of sale or possession of private property, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday. The two men allegedly cut down and […]

Forestry bill features logging rules that would curb abuses

The legislation puts “some hurt on the bad guys” by giving the state better environmental enforcement tools and landowners more recourse.

Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation accepting public comments on proposal on water quality on logging jobs

News Release — Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation January 5, 2016 Contact: Gary Sabourin Phone: 802-272-4145 Email: [email protected] Invitation for Comments on Proposed State Rule Amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont MONTPELIER – The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is now accepting public […]

Bram Towbin: Local officials need state’s backing

State officers viewing local government as overly demanding and hysterical while the municipality sees the state as myopic and uncaring.

David Brynn: Toward a resilient Vermont forest-based economy

Vermont’s forest-based economy must become even more collaborative and holistic and less competitive and linear.

Deer poaching and chase leads to arrest in Barton

A Barton man previously implicated in environmental investigations at logging sites has been charged with several hunting violations. Kenneth Bacon Jr., 30, was apprehended in Barton on Dec. 7 after allegedly fleeing from a game warden in Craftsbury. According to a news release from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bacon allegedly fired a […]

Should Vermont loggers be licensed?

A 20 acre cut and blocked stream in Barre illustrate a need for improved woodlot management and the limits of enforcement options to ensure it.