On September 14, 2022

2023 harvest planned for Chittenden Town Forest

By Brett Yates

Next summer, town officials in Chittenden expect to oversee the logging of 253 acres of municipally owned forest.

On Monday, the Chittenden Select Board signed a permit application for the use of a United States Forest Service (USFS) road to facilitate the harvest of the Michigan Brook and Rutland Grammar School woodlots. A failure to negotiate access through USFS lands thwarted a previous attempt to log the town forest nearly two decades ago.

Last year, however, the Green Mountain National Forest’s Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project – still under review – indicated a possible federal change of attitude toward public lands in the area by proposing a massive clearcutting in nine central Vermont towns, including Chittenden. That development, in combination with rising timber prices, caught the attention of Chittenden’s Bob Baird, who, though he would step down from the Select Board this March, has continued to spearhead the town’s plan to turn its woodlots into generators of municipal revenue.

The Michigan Brook and Rutland Grammar School woodlots comprise nearly half of the Chittenden Town Forest. Another 312 acres lie within the Lead Mine and Mount Carmel woodlots.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts


July 24, 2024
For Sale 150 ACRES OF LAND in Bridgewater Chatequagy Walker Hill. 38-foot camper with roof, full size generator. 2 brooks, beautiful water falls, view of Killington-Pico, etc. Great timber, not logged in 50 years. Asking $888,000. Contact Doug 802-457-3577 Real Estate KILLINGTON PICO REALTY donates 1% of every dollar we earn to charitable organizations. 2814…

Getting the most from Vermont’s hydro power

July 10, 2024
By Jonathan Dowds Editor’s note: Dowds is the deputy director of Renewable Energy Vermont. From 18th-century mills to current hydroelectric facilities, hydropower has been a valuable resource throughout Vermont’s history. Today, hydro is an important source of carbon-free electricity, accounting for nearly 50% of the power that we generate in our state. Hydropower has less…

New plants available at Spring Plant Sale at Woodstock Union HS/MS Greenhouse

May 1, 2024
May 1-31—WOODSTOCK—The spring plant sale at the Woodstock Union HS/MS, 100 Amsden Way, Woodstock Greenhouse, will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school days, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Changes this year include sourcing all plants from a neonicotinoid-free nursery and featuring many native plants available this spring,…

Study: Vermont’s cigarette use has declined

April 10, 2024
Rates of vaping and use of flavored products by increased  Newly released data from the Dept. of Health on March 26 show that cigarette use among adult Vermonters is decreasing, but the number of adults who use e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, continues to rise. The 2022 Adult Tobacco Survey found that nearly one-quarter of…