Vermont Forestry Outreach and Education Initiative


Managing Our Changing Forests: A Webinar Series for Vermont Natural Resource Professionals.

UVM Extension, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and partners are pleased to offer a new webinar series for natural resource professionals on managing and adapting to Vermont's changing forest. Over the coming year we will be bringing you free, hour long webinars on various topics from climate change to adaptive silvicultural techniques.

Join us each month at 9:30 a.m. before you head out into the woods. There is no cost to attend the webinars, but registration is required.

For more information, or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in a webinar, please contact Kate Forrer at or call 802-223-2389 (1-866-860-1382) at least three weeks prior to the webinar in which you would like to participate so that we may assist you.

Upcoming Webinars:

April 25 at 9:30am Exploring Silvicultural Strategies in New England - Irregular shelterwood

Irregular shelterwood silvicultural systems have been part of foresters’ silvicultural repertoire for well over a century, but only during the past two decades – as alternatives to clearcutting and ecological forestry have gained prominence -- has this system been formally studied and applied in New England and adjacent Canada.  This webinar will trace the origins of the irregular shelterwood system in Europe and North America and will define how this method is distinct from conventional shelterwood and balanced selection systems.  The strong dependence of most northeastern species on large advance regeneration, coupled with myriad opportunities to conserve growing stock and enhance vertical structure, confer strong advantages of irregular shelterwood systems over both simpler and more complex silvicultural systems.  Bob will illustrate these principles using several case studies of irregular shelterwood application from his 20+ years of research on the Acadian Femelschlag and recent treatments on his own woodlots.

Presenter: Dr. Robert (Bob) S. Seymour, Curtis Hutchins Professor of Silviculture, University of Maine School of Forest Resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Webinar?

A webinar is a web-based seminar, or presentation that is transmitted over the internet so you can “attend” without physically leaving home. Just like face-to-face training, webinars offer opportunities for people to learn, ask questions of presenters and share experiences and ideas with others.

Is there a fee to participate?

These webinars are free and open to anyone.

What do I need to participate?

Participating in a webinar is easy! All you will need is a computer with speakers and an Internet connection. The type of computer or operating system that you use doesn't matter. A broadband, wired connection to the Internet is helpful to ensure an uninterrupted stream, but is not required (you can use a wireless connection).

Do I need to register?

Yes, preregistration is required. Once you have signed up, we will send you a link with instructions for joining the webinar at the designated time.

Will the webinar be recorded?

Yes, all webinars will be recorded and archived.