Working Woodlands Workshops

Sustainable Forestry discussion
Informative, hands-on and exciting workshops for the woodland enthusiast. Working Woodlands Workshops are held throughout the year at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park. Come learn from forestry professionals, scientists, landowners and inspiring community members. Explore diverse topics ranging from tree identification, low-impact harvesting, sawmilling, Timber Stand Improvement, animal tracking, trail maintenance, invasive plant control and so much more. Learn techniques and knowledge to help you understand, manage, conserve and experience woodlands. Our winter workshops are co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.
 
Flood Resiliency Riparian Vegetation
NPS Photo Credit K Kull

Flood Resiliency, Riparian Vegetation, and Water Quality in Your Backyard
Working Woodlands Workshop
August 11th, 2018, 9am - 11am, followed by optional 30-minute walk to Barnard Brook

Upland forests and riparian corridors are the primary features that maintain the landscape on which our society depends. Understanding how our riverside human settlements are connected to aquatic, forest, and field ecosystems is crucial to promoting flood resiliency and protecting water quality. Our future community’s focus on flood resiliency is a win-win-win scenario for our economy, society, and environment in both good and bad times.

Join Vermont River Management Engineer Todd Menees to learn about flood resiliency, riparian vegetation, and water quality in the Ottauquechee River watershed. The workshop format will be in 3-parts: indoor slide presentations, a river flume table demonstration, and a brief outdoor walk to nearby Barnard Brook. You’ll also hear from NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron and NPS Ecologist Kyle Jones about how the long history of land management here in Woodstock has shaped water quality and watershed health in the Park today. After the indoor presentations, join us for a quick walk back to the parking lot to investigate Barnard Brook and look for signs of streambank erosion, stormwater runoff, and stream health indicators. All ages welcome!

Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association. We encourage participants to head into Woodstock after the program to check out Taste of Woodstock, happening on August 11th from 10am - 9pm.

► Location – Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT

► Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us 802-457-3368 x222 or email us at e-mail us Be sure to tell us how many are coming.

 
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Snake Worms
NPS Photo Credit K Kull

Dig Those Crazy Snake Worms!
Woodlands Workshop
Saturday, August 25, 10am - 12pm

Have you heard of the Crazy Snake Worm? These non-native invasive earthworms hail from Japan and can quickly decimate the organic matter on the forest floor, spelling trouble for our woodlands. Join the University of Vermont’s Dr. Josef Görres for a presentation on the life history and identification of the Crazy Snake Worm, then head out into the National Park to learn how they spread and what you can do to slow them down. All ages welcome!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle if possible. Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

►Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Woodstock VT

►Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us 802-457-3368 x222 or email us at e-mail us Be sure to tell us how many are coming.

 
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Painted Lady Butterfly
NPS Photo Credit Ed Sharron

Autumn’s in the Air!
Woodlands Workshop
Sunday, September 23rd, 10am - 12pm

Never fear - fall is here! With autumn beginning just one day before, join us in the National Park to celebrate the season and learn about the phenological changes that take place during this time of year. NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will lead an easy hike and discuss the changes to ‘nature’s calendar’ that autumn brings. All ages welcome!

Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle if possible. Event continues rain or shine! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

Location – Meet at Prosper Road Trailhead Parking Lot, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT. From Woodstock, take Route 12 north 2.7 miles from the Billings Farm & Museum Parking Area to Prosper Road on the left (look for a “West Woodstock” sign on the right). Turn left and continue another 0.7 miles to the unmarked Prosper Trailhead Parking Area on the left. Coordinates: 43.638788, -72.553574

►Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Woodstock VT
►Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – Please pre-register as space is limited. Contact us 802-457-3368 x222 or email us at e-mail us Be sure to tell us how many are coming.

Last updated: August 1, 2018

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Woodstock , VT 05091

Phone:

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