On March 14, the Charlotte Energy Committee co-sponsored a walk in the Hinesburg Town Forest with a discussion by the Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper (fourth from right in this photo), and Dr. Tony D’Amato of the University of Vermont. They talked about forest growth, timber harvesting, carbon storage, and how active management creates healthier forest systems. Over 40 people took advantage of the beautiful day and the rare opportunity to congregate outdoors. In this particular area where the group gathered, a 2009 windstorm had blown down a plantation of red pines that were about 80 years old. The wind disturbance opened up a new area of regrowth for more native species and biodiversity — 135 bird species have been identified in this spot.

Photos by Rebecca Foster and Suzy Hodgson