Working Woodlands Workshops

Sustainable Forestry discussion
Workshop with Forester (NPS Photo)
Informative, and exciting workshops for the woodland enthusiast. Working Woodlands Workshops are held throughout the year at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park. 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 workshops are co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts, the Vermont Woodlands Association and Billings Farm & Museum.

To register for virtual workshops, please use the registration form. For in-person workshops, email joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov with your party size.

If you have any trouble accessing the form or registering, please contact Joey Sullivan, Natural Resources Management Intern, at joseph_sullivan@partner.nps.gov.

Workshops can continue to be viewed on the park's YouTube Channel.
 
Ottauquechee River Watershed
Ottauquechee River
NPS Photo Credit L Shahi

Promoting Flood Resiliency in a Changing Climate

Date: September 18
Time: 9-11am
Format: In-Person
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 at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. Contact: To register or learn more, email Joey Sullivan at e-mail us

A decade ago, Hurricane Irene devastated the state of Vermont, the effects of which can still be seen today. With an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events regionally, it’s on many of our minds: how do we prepare for more severe storms?

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 us for this in-person workshop on Saturday, September 18 9-11am with 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. We will look for signs of streambank erosion, stormwater runoff, and stream health indicators.

All ages welcome! Face masks required indoors regardless of vaccination status and outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife.

 
tree and leaf drawings

Tree Identification: Fall Foliage & Phenology

Date: October 9
Time: 10-11:30am

Format: In-Person
Location:
Meet at the 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 at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. Contact :To register or learn more, email Joey Sullivan at e-mail us

The leaves are changing colors and the landscape is a beautiful array of yellow, red, and orange. Some trees have already dropped all their leaves, others are just beginning to change. Do you know how to tell different species of trees just by their fall foliage color? Join us for a guided hike led by Jon Bouton, retired forester who has more than 40 years of experience helping people see the forest and trees. We will learn how to identify different species of trees based on their fall foliage color, as well as when they start to change color.

All ages are welcome! Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Workshop is co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife.

 
Dappled light and winding trail through the woods
Trail through the forest
NPS Photo Credit L Shahi

Climate Change and Our Forests

Date: October 14
Time: Noon-1pm

Format: Virtual
Reservations: To register fill out the online registration form at this link. If you have any questions or problems with registering, contact Joey Sullivan at e-mail us or (802) 457-3368 x 218

Climate change – it’s a topic of conversation on many of our minds. We hear a lot about the impacts in our coastal communities with flooding and wildfires in the west, but how is climate change going to impact Vermont’s forests, one of our most important assets? Fortunately for us, research examining climate changes impacts on Vermont’s forests has been done. Join us for a one hour zoom webinar on October 14th from 12-1pm where we will hear from researchers at the University of Vermont who have published a scientific paper titled: “Future forest composition under a changing climate and adaptive forest management in southeastern Vermont, USA”. The researchers will provide us with an overview of their research, and we will learn how forest composition in Vermont is predicted to change under different climate scenarios. Live closed captioning available. Co-hosted with Billings Farm and Museum and co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife.

 
endagered little brown bat clings to the side of a tree
Little Brown Bat clings to the side of a tree
NPS photo Credit Erickson Smith

Bat Conservation and You

Date: October 27
Time: Noon-1pm

Format: Virtual
Reservations: To register fill out the online registration form at this link. If you have any questions or problems with registering, contact Joey Sullivan at e-mail us or (802) 457-3368 x 218

Do you have bat residents living rent free in your attic and want to learn more about them, and how to protect them? Join us for International Bat Week on October 27th from 12-1pm for a one hour zoom webinar to learn all about bats, what makes them special, and how we can protect them. We will hear from Dartmouth College researchers Eran Amichai and Hannah ter Hofstede who have been researching a bat population at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park. In this webinar, they will teach us about general bat biology, highlighting their research into echolocation, and provide us with some tips for bat conservation. Live close captioning available.Co-hosted with Billings Farm and Museum and co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermon Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife.

 
Woman examining Hemlock branch for signs of Woolly Adelgid
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring
NPS Photo

Overview of Common Tree Pests

Date: November 17, 2021
Time: Noon-1pm

Format: Virtual
Reservations: To register fill out the online registration form at this link. If you have any questions or problems with registering, contact Joey Sullivan at e-mail us or (802) 457-3368 x 218

For those who own land, tree pests are an unfortunate and often unavoidable problem. There are several different kinds of insects, both native and invasive, that have negative effects on different species of trees. Join us for a one hour zoom webinar on November 17th from 12-1pm to hear from Hannah Dallas, Southern Windsor County Forester, and learn about these different tree pests, the signs and symptoms, and what options you have available to manage them. Live closed captioning available. Co-hosted with Billings Farm and Museum and co-sponsored by Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife.

Last updated: September 16, 2021

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