A current Forest Management Plan (FMP) is reviewed and put into action yearly. The FMP has been rewritten 3 times since 1989. The long-term objectives of the current FMP are to conserve the land in a forested condition and to practice long term forest stewardship that increases the health of the forest and the quality of the timber resource. Primary objectives include the maintenance and expansion of a healthy, productive sugarbush. Wildlife management continues to be an important component to the farm ensuring that abundant habitat is made available. Each year we work on implementing a practice indicated to reach these objectives.
This summer we have worked on invasive species control. We hired several individuals who are trained and licensed by the State of Vermont Department of Agriculture to cut and/or spray invasive species found on our farm. Barberry, honeysuckle and buckthorn are invasive species that take over openings in the woods where sunlight shines through. In the spring they green up earlier than the maple saplings and therefore, compete for the sunlight. Birds eat the fruits from these plants and spread these species throughout the woods.