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WHIP Forestry Initiative Success in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

WHIP Forestry Initiative Success in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

WHIP Forestry Initiative Success in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Contractors complete work at the Hutchinson property in Troy, Vermont

Keeping Forests Productive in the Northeast Kingdom

TROY, VERMONT, October 2011 - The town of Troy, Vermont is a small but vibrant community located in an area of the state commonly referred to as the Northeast Kingdom (NEK). The NEK is known for its seemingly endless forests, mountains, and breathtaking views, and is comprised of over 1.3 million acres. David and Sylvia Hutchinson own a 150-acre parcel in Troy that includes a large alder swamp, a small river, old fields, and a mature forest. There are several beech stands on the northern end of the property that are actively used as forage areas by black bears.  The Hutchinsons entered a NRCS WHIP contract through the New England / New York Forestry Initiative in 2010, which has provided the technical and financial assistance needed to achieve the many goals they have for this property.

Like most that reside in the NEK, the Hutchinsons find happiness in outdoor recreation and being close to wildlife. They also maximize the value of this forest property by producing firewood and other wood products. The Hutchinsons had noticed a decline in the variety of wildlife on the property. Open areas of the property had t transitioned from old pasture to more forested habitat condition. These concerns have been addressed through practices offered in the WHIP forestry initiative, including early successional habitat management, upland wildlife habitat management, forest stand improvement, and tree and shrub pruning. The habitat improvements through WHIP have led to an increase in sightings of all types of wildlife on the property. The Hutchinsons continue to work with NRCS and their consulting forester to maintain a healthy and productive woodlot.