Iwas pleased to see in the Autumn 2012 issue an article on logging.
I have urged VL’s editors to feature
our industry ever since I first became
involved in the Vermont Forest Products
Association in 1978. Mechanized logging
was not then viewed as part of the
“Vermont brand.” I recall one article on a
horse logger and another on an ox logger.
In 1990, as my family was preparing to
host an exchange student from Finland,
we sent her a VL book of images of
Vermont. She wrote back to ask if she
would be living in an open-air museum.
Your article touches on some of the
issues concerning logging and timber
management very fairly, and includes a
picture of a wheeled skidder, the first I
can recall in some 40 years. Bravo!
Bruce P. Shields,
Irealize (the logging article) was about the 500 Vermont loggers
remaining in business … however, it
could have explained more about the
many small, nonindustrial Vermont
landowners who manage their properties
for periodic timber harvests using
sustainable forestry practices under the
“current use” program. I am one of 8,000
Vermont landowners in the program. …
Our forest improvement efforts over
decades have greatly improved the
In the Autumn 2012 feature “After
Irene,” photos on page 42 and page
46 were taken along the Tweed River
in Pittsfield. Incorrect information
appeared in the captions.
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