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

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

The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

The Optimistic Caterer: Sugarsnap Keeps On Cooking

November 19, 2020By Kelly NottermannStaff Articles

Her business vanished virtually overnight, but with creativity and coaching, Sugarsnap Catering is back stronger than ever and optimistic about 2021. By Kelly Nottermann, Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Over a seven-day period that she refers to as “Twilight Zone Week,” Abbey Duke, owner of Sugarsnap Catering in Burlington went from a full schedule … 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