Audubon Vermont has partnered with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to develop tools and trainings for foresters who want to help landowners manage their forests with birds in mind. Currently, over 100 foresters are participating in the project.
Together, we have created the Foresters for the Birds Toolkit, which includes Birds with Silviculture in Mind: Birder's Dozen Pocket Guide for Vermont Foresters, Forest Bird Habitat Assessment: A Guide to Integrating Bird Habitat Data into a Vermont Forest Inventory, and Silviculture with Birds in Mind: Options for Integrating Timber and Songbird Habitat Management in Northern Hardwood Stands in Vermont.
Through the project, foresters are partnering with Audubon Vermont biologists to assess forest bird habitat and choose silvicultural treatments that protect and/or enhance song bird habitat while managing for timber. To learn more and how to become involved, contact Audubon Vermont or your Vermont County Forester.
As a consultant, the toolkit has been a great tool for communicating with clients. I've shown landowners the toolkit materials and pictures, and I say "this is what you can do and this is how it's going to improve habitat for birds." You can see the light bulb go off over their heads! - Scott Sylvester, Consulting Forester
Test and Demonstration Sites for Silviculture with Birds in Mind
In partnership with landowners and foresters, we have established nine harvest sites around Vermont and in New Hampshire that have the dual goals of testing and demonstrating the Silviculture with Birds in Mind options:
- Upper Valley Stewardship Center - Pike, NH
- Northwoods Stewardship Center - East Charleston, VT
- Mud Pond Forest, Vermont Land Trust - Greensboro, VT
- Northwest Solid Waste District Forest - Sheldon, VT
- Calvin Coolidge State Forest - Plymouth, VT
- Riverledge Farm - Grafton, VT
- Sterling Town Forest - Stowe, VT
- Merck Forest and Farm Center - Rupert, VT
- Green Mountain Audubon Center - Huntington, VT
- Saint Alban's Town Forest - Saint Albans, VT