Over 70 years’ experience of innovative and sustainable forest management
Most of Vermont’s modern forests were open fields a century ago, when agriculture dominated land use.
George Merck began acquiring land parcels in the 1940s to establish a private preserve for his family’s recreation. His interest in arboriculture and professional forest management led him to establish the Vermont Forest and Farmland Foundation in 1952 — one of the first land management experiments in the United States.
Sustainable forest management provides many benefits: