SAVU Sauna Experience Begins in Vermont Forest

SAVU Sauna Experience Begins in Vermont Forest

July 1, 2022By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network Dave Nelson is on a mission to bring sauna culture to the United States. With his partner, Nicole Sweeney, Nelson founded SAVU in Cambridge, Vermont with the construction of a contemporary sauna nestled in the woods overlooking Smugglers’ Notch. “We are creating a modern sauna experience that celebrates … Read More

Humanity, Connection at Heart of ShackletonThomas

Humanity, Connection at Heart of ShackletonThomas

May 13, 2022By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network Charlie Shackleton has a pretty interesting story to tell. The renowned Vermont furniture maker does not, however, start his story with his connection to Sir Ernest Shackleton of Endurance fame, or with meeting his wife and business partner, Miranda Thomas, in art school. Rather, he begins in the … Read More

Jack Bell Takes a Long View on Vermont’s Forests

Jack Bell Takes a Long View on Vermont’s Forests

March 23, 2022By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network With an integrated approach to forestry and logging, Bell prioritizes forest health, workforce. “Most of Vermont’s forested land is privately owned and fragmented into relatively small parcels,” said Jack Bell, co-founder of Long View Forest. “One of our goals is to provide continuity and professionalism over time so … Read More

Making a Case for Community-Scale Forestry

Making a Case for Community-Scale Forestry

January 19, 2022By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

With a mindset of staying small, a sawmill in Fletcher sees wood products as the next “go local” movement. By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network Tucker Riggs, owner of Laughing Stock Farm (LSF) Forest Products in Fletcher, is busier than he’s ever been. As the pandemic and resulting supply chain issues more than doubled … Read More

Connecting People to Place, Middlebury Grads Return to VT to Start Woodworking Business

Connecting People to Place, Middlebury Grads Return to VT to Start Woodworking Business

December 10, 2021By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network When three friends at Middlebury College couldn’t find the perfect gift for their boss, they decided to make something special. Nathaniel Klein, Jacob Freedman, and Alex Gemme wanted to thank their supervisor at the Middlebury Snow Bowl for helping them establish a scholarship program. “We had such a … Read More

Vermont Tree Wardens: A Voice for the Forest

Vermont Tree Wardens: A Voice for the Forest

July 26, 2021By Christine McGowanStaff Articles

By Christine McGowan, Forest Products Program Director at Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Updates to Vermont’s 100-year old tree warden statutes provide clarity, opportunity for collaboration. According to Elise Schadler, a program manager with Vermont Urban and Community Forestry, a tree warden is a modern day local lorax—a community spokesperson for the trees. Appointed by local … Read More

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