Here is an interesting story from central CT and the practice of sustainable forestry on private lands (link to story).  It is nice to see some stories from the eastern US where private owners are unabashedly deciding to manage their forest in a fashion that is productive, aesthetic, conservation-minded, and sustainable.  But, I would argue, all the forestry we practice on private (or public) lands should meet such criteria.  The owner found a competent forester and worked through the details.  Each parcel would of course have different details.

 

There is another and interesting spin on the story, and perhaps why it made the news.  The owner is participating in a regional/local effort called Walktober Fest.  In this community, a series of 100 walks, hikes, paddles, and other events will allow local and not-so-local folks to enjoy and learn about the natural world around them.  The woodlot owner has agreed to lead a walk in his woods to talk about the value and virtue of practicing sustainable forestry.

 

Below are some recent photos, courtesy of Rebecca Hargrave, of some landowners on their own version of a Walktober Fest focused on small woodlot management and ATV logging.  See more about ATV logging here.  See the calendar on this site for future similar events.

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Comment by Rich Taber on October 26, 2011 at 5:13pm

A slight correction to this post: the property is in Griswold Ct. which is in the northern part of New London County, which is in Eastern Ct; I know this because this is where I grew up and first became enamored of the natural world. The Walktoberfest mentioned is sponsored by The Last Green Valley, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural heritage of Eastern Ct. and a small part of adjacent Massachusetts.  The Last Green Valley, if viewed from a nightime satellite photo, is the only area in the northeastern seaboard between Washington D.C. and Boston that is not drowned out by lights.  This organization is an excellent example of the "think globally, act locally" concept. It is a beautiful area and this organization and people are doing a great job of trying to preserve this part of New England.  Info can be found at http://www.tlgv.org.

  

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