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Benefits of Forest Management

Management practices at Merck Forest include: Timber Sales: production of saw timber, fuel wood and the leasing of logging sites Production of Maple Syrup, Vermont’s traditional alternative to commercially-produced corn syrup sweeteners. Wildlife Habitat Management & Biodiversity: enhancing habitat and forage opportunities for game and non-game species Clean Water and Carbon Sequestration: A well-managed forest …

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The Sugaring Process

Currently, the Merck Forest sugarbush* has approximately 3,000 taps with the capacity to scale up as we strike a balance between Profit Energy consumption Landscape impact Staff time In order to model “best practices” in sustainable land use, finding this balance among these elements is an important part of our work. *Sugarbush: a stand of sugar …

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Ethan Crumley Reviews “Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey …”

Winter loosens its grip slowly on our maple- and snow-covered mountain, but as spring takes hold, the forest celebrates the change with showy ephemeral wildflowers. The joy in the discovery of the purple-streaked white flowers is complete when you learn their perfect name: “Spring Beauties.” One of the things I like most about working in …

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If a Tree …

Curiosity is at the heart of scientific thinking, and provocative essential questions fuel inquisitiveness–questions like: “If every tree in the forest drops every one of its leaves every year, why aren’t we buried up to our neck in millions upon millions of leaves?” For regional 5th graders coming to Merck Forest for multi-day field experiences, …

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