Teaching the Trade: Vermont Schools Train the Next Generation of Loggers, Foresters, Builders, and Artists

Teaching the Trade: Vermont Schools Train the Next Generation of Loggers, Foresters, Builders, and Artists

August 30, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, forest program director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Like many trade occupations, woodworking was traditionally passed along from mentor to apprentice, one generation to the next. Young adults might have been introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking in high school shop class, producing the mandatory birdhouse or book shelf, but most who entered … Read More

Lucas Jenson Makes the Case for Local Wood

Lucas Jenson Makes the Case for Local Wood

August 1, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan People in the forest products industry find their way to wood in different ways. For some, it’s a part of their family DNA. For others, it’s a passion. For Lucas Jenson, owner of The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop, it’s a vocation that aligns with his belief in supporting the local Vermont … Read More

A Tale of Two Luthiers

A Tale of Two Luthiers

July 26, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan In the hip city of Burlington, Creston Lea builds one of a kind electric guitars, while in southern Vermont, Douglas Cox turns out violins for classical musicians around the world. Creston Lea and Douglas Cox live about as far apart as two Vermonters can get, but are connected by their craft as … Read More

Landowners are Essential Partner in Vermont’s Forest Products Economy

Landowners are Essential Partner in Vermont’s Forest Products Economy

June 19, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund From urban forests to thousand-acre parcels, Vermonters own 80% of the state’s forested land. Vermont’s forests are one of our greatest natural resources, contributing to the economy through industry and recreation to the tune of $3.4 billion, and supporting countless non-economic benefits such as clean … Read More

Loggers, Mountain Bikers and a Tiki Bar: Vermont’s New Working Landscape

Loggers, Mountain Bikers and a Tiki Bar: Vermont’s New Working Landscape

June 8, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Forest and recreation industries align on East Burke’s Kingdom Trails Sawmills were East Burke’s first industry, bringing brave and adventurous souls to the northern reaches of Vermont to work, establish farms and, eventually, build the local school, church and meeting house that would become the … Read More

Joel Currier and His Forwarder, Ingrid

Joel Currier and His Forwarder, Ingrid

May 22, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Northeast Kingdom logger models responsible forestry with small-scale, low-impact logging. “Good forestry equipment does not have to be big and heavy,” says Joel Currier, owner of Currier Forest Products in Danville, Vermont. “There are big operations doing good work in Vermont, but for my purposes … Read More

Cooperage Finds Niche in Vermont Craft Spirits Industry

Cooperage Finds Niche in Vermont Craft Spirits Industry

May 13, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Green Mountain Grain & Barrel producing locally-sourced, locally-made oak barrels. Woodworkers by hobby and Vermont National Guardsmen by training, Tony Fletcher, Josh Waterhouse and Mac Broich are finding their niche as coopers for Vermont’s craft spirits industry. Green Mountain Grain & Barrel was founded in … Read More

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Connects Forest Industry and Bird Enthusiasts

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Connects Forest Industry and Bird Enthusiasts

April 23, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont forests a critical part of global bird conservation effort This spring, when the Black-throated Blue Warblers, Wood Thrush, and Scarlet Tanagers make their annual return to Vermont from Central and South America, they will find new habitats for nesting and breeding in Vermont thanks … Read More

Colleen Goodridge, The Matriarch of Vermont’s Forest Industry

Colleen Goodridge, The Matriarch of Vermont’s Forest Industry

April 13, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund April 13, 2018 While an aging industry struggles with succession, Colleen Goodridge cultivates the next generation through education, relationships. Every industry needs a matriarch, and Vermont’s forest products industry has Colleen Goodridge. Goodridge Lumber, owned and operated by Colleen and her sons, began in 1973 … Read More

Butternut Mountain Farm Embraces Past, Looks to Future

Butternut Mountain Farm Embraces Past, Looks to Future

April 4, 2018By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By: Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director Maple: Vermont’s Agricultural Enterprise in the Forest Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, Vermont epitomizes both the quaint history and bright future for Vermont’s maple industry. The third generation sugaring operation, now run by siblings Emma and Ira Marvin, stands poised to build on the foundation of botany, forestry … Read More