Webinar Archive

Watch recordings of previous webinars.

Town Forest Recreation Webinar Series: Trails for People and Wildlife

Hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and horseback riding are just some of the ways we get outside to enjoy nature and relax. However, even these seemingly low-key activities can have a negative impact on wildlife by reducing their abundance, reproductive success, or even survival. A new mapping tool and guide called Trails for People and Wildlife, aims to encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature while allowing wildlife to thrive. It was funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and produced by the NH Fish and Game Department and Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Intended for landowners, conservation groups, and natural resource professionals, the objective of Trails for People and Wildlife is to help facilitate the placement of thoughtfully located networks of well-maintained trails. It tries to balance having wildlife species there for all of us to enjoy for years to come while providing trail builders with the resources needed to achieve their public access goals.

Presenter: Katie Callahan, GIS Coordinator, DoIT NH Fish and Game Department

Town Forest Recreation Planning Webinar Series: New Tools for Sustainable Forest Based Recreation

In 2018, Vermont’s Urban & Community Forestry Program worked with a consulting firm to engage 10 communities in a year-long planning process to develop action-based town forest recreation plans. This process involved robust community involvement, with a focus on equipping the community with the tools and confidence in knowing that it is addressing the needs and preferences of its residents and visitors, as well as effectively managing the forest for the resources and activities it values. As a result of this work, VT UCF developed a Town Forest Recreation Planning Toolkit to support all Vermont communities in sustainable, forest-based recreation planning in town forests. This webinar will explore the community planning process and the toolkit in depth. Be prepared to become inspired and ready to engage in town forest recreation planning! 

Presenter: Kate Forrer, Community Forestry Outreach Specialist, UVM Extension

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Rural Road Resilient Right-of-Ways

Rural roadside vegetation shapes our towns, shades our backroads, livens our landscapes, and grows character in our front yards. Management of town roadside is largely at the discretion of a few individuals in each town; as such, it’s no surprise that towns handle their municipal right-of-ways differently from each other. Learn about the elements of a backroad that towns value and manage, the processes that make roadside vegetation management cooperative, and the partners you need to engage to plan thoughtfully for resilient roadside trees.

Presenter: Joanne Garton, Technical Assistance Coordinator, VT Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Edible Landscapes and Soil Health

What would happen if we shifted the paradigm of how people interface with the land? Can we as gardeners and land managers help to slow water down, deepen watersheds, increase biological soil health and create conditions for thriving ecosystems, all while providing food and flowers for humans and wildlife? When we listen carefully to nature, we are shown what is possible. This presentation will deepen your interest in building healthy soil and leave you inspired to get involved in your own backyard, schoolyard, town forest and public lands to deepen the roots of security and community resilience for future generations.

Presenter: Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less | Food Systems Consulting

Arbor Day Webinar Series: The Resurgence of Red Spruce

The decline and resurgence of red spruce provides the best documented example of the impacts of acid deposition on a tree species in the United States. This presentation will describe the 50+ years of science documenting this changing trajectory for red spruce and highlight connections to other tree species and the possible influence of new factors, including climate change.

Presenter: Paul Schaberg, Plant Physiologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Burlington, VT

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: Oak Diseases of Concern in the Eastern U.S.

Oak species in the eastern U.S. are host to many pests and pathogens throughout their ranges. This webinar will present information on two pathogens of recent regional concern: Diplodia corticola and oak wilt (Bretziella fagacearum). D. corticola (Dc), an emerging canker pathogen, has been implicated in causing dieback and mortality of oak species in Europe and in several regions in the United States. The first part of this webinar summarizes a Mid-Atlantic case study on the nativity of Dc and sheds light on its contribution to oak decline in the United States. The second half of the webinar will discuss oak wilt, and the steps New York is taking to identify and manage the disease, and provide outreach to the public.

Presenter: Savannah Ferreira

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: Deer Browse, Hunting and Foresters

Increased deer browse is impacting forest health in many parts of the State, and hunting is one of the key strategies for reducing the pressure. VFWD biologist Andrea Shortsleeve will discuss changes to the upcoming hunting seasons, provide tools and recommendations for consulting foresters to give to their clients, and solicit ideas to increase hunting access for privately owned forests.

Presenter: Andrea Shortsleeve, Private Lands Habitat Biologist, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Barre, VT

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Forest Pests and Diseases

Join this session to learn about beech leaf disease and pine pathogens. Forest Health Specialist, Savannah Ferreria will cover the threats these pests and diseases pose, as well as how to identify, and report any sightings.

Presenter: Savannah Ferreira, Forest Health Specialist, VT Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation