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Holistic Forest Management - Sterling College Summer Mini-Course

16 Sterling Dr
Craftsbury Common, VT

This team-taught, two-week intensive course provides an introduction to low-impact forest management techniques and forest farming approaches used to produce timber and non-timber forest products. Lectures, hands-on learning experiences, and meaningful work combine to build skills and knowledge required to bring a systems thinking approach to forest management. The course is designed to expand the concept of the farmstead to include forested areas.  It will include sessions on forest ecology and management, silvopasture and forest farming, bird-friendly forest management and certification, extraction of timber products with draft animals, and green woodworking.


“If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part of it is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”—Aldo Leopold