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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 is a living filter, removing impurities from rainwater and recharging local aquifers. Forests regulate climate by storing an enormous amount of carbon in their stems, branches, leaf litter and soil
  • Recreation: Visitors explore and enjoy a forested landscape in a dynamic ecosystem.