Rugged Ridge Grows Sugarbush, Business in Pace with the Forest

Rugged Ridge Grows Sugarbush, Business in Pace with the Forest

March 9, 2021By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund It’s often said in business that “bigger is better,” but for Josh Seidman, steward of Rugged Ridge Forest, “better” is making the highest-quality maple syrup sustainably. A 2010 University of Vermont graduate, Seidman became interested in forestry after taking a small woodlot management … Read More

Combined Heat and Power at Allard Lumber Saves Money, Jobs, and Environment

Combined Heat and Power at Allard Lumber Saves Money, Jobs, and Environment

February 24, 2021By Christine McGowanPress Releases, Staff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund When the water pump on Allard Lumber’s boiler went a few years back, Trevor Allard finally had the excuse he needed to begin building the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system that he had been considering for years. “I couldn’t justify throwing out … Read More

Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

Wood Curl Packaging Reduces Waste, Supports Healthy Forests and Local Economy

December 4, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Resourceful Vermonters have long looked to the forest for wood heat, building materials, and furniture, but Jim Lovinsky, owner of Sylvacurl in East Hardwick, may be among the first to see an alternative to plastic packing peanuts. The company produces wood curls that … Read More

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

Vermont’s Lafoe Logging Named Northeast Region “Outstanding Logger”

September 1, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund In every industry, there are individuals who set the bar. In Vermont’s forest products industry, two of those individuals are Brian Lafoe and his son-in-law, Stan Parker, owners of Lafoe Logging. Last year, Lafoe Logging was named “Northeast Region Outstanding Logger” by The … Read More

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

Can Vermont’s Forests Help Save the Planet?

August 5, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

The Cold Hollow Carbon project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is the first co-op model in the country to successfully enter a voluntary carbon market. By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Long valued for timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, and solace, Vermont’s forests are being recognized for providing another, more global, … Read More

New Technology for Vermont’s Oldest Industry

New Technology for Vermont’s Oldest Industry

May 26, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

Start-Up Whiteout Solutions Piloting Forest Inventory and Mapping Technology in Northeast Kingdom By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Vermont’s first sawmill opened in 1738, nearly a century before the first chainsaw was invented, not to mention cars or telephones. And it was at least 150 years before that sawmill … Read More

From Cutting Boards to Cutting Face Shields, J.K. Adams Responds to COVID-19

From Cutting Boards to Cutting Face Shields, J.K. Adams Responds to COVID-19

April 29, 2020By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

One of Vermont’s oldest manufacturers shifts from wood products to personal protective equipment.   By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. As stay-at-home orders rippled through Vermont’s business community last month, one of the state’s oldest manufacturers, J.K. Adams began to experiment with cutting plastic instead of wood. “We have … Read More