Over the past 250 years, the Vermont landscape has been shaped by the farming and forest communities. As Vermont has urbanized, we have lost a deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of our forest and farming communities.
Today's forest and forest products industry faces many challenges—forest fragmentation, global competition, invasive species, climate change, an aging workforce, loss of infrastructure.
A healthy forest is a multi-generational responsibility. To be good stewards of the land is this generation's challenge. Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine through day-in-the-life photography and wide-ranging interviews helps us understand the people and policies that will determine if we meet that responsibility.
"Portrait of a Forest opens up a world—a world many of us who make our living inside an office are liable to be quite unfamiliar with. However, it is a world we need to know better, if we are to really understand this forest in which we live. This great ecosystem and the men who manage and work it deserve our attention and respect. In this book, they receive both."
--Tom Slayton, Editor Emeritus Vermont Life