Researcher in mixed conifer hardwood stand

The Wolcott Research Forest consists of 130 acres in Wolcott, Vermont, 40 miles northeast of Burlington. First managed by UVM’s Forestry Department, this forest was used for research on Christmas trees by Dr. Maxwell McCormack beginning in 1965. 

Later in the 1970s, the focus of research shifted to work on: fir-sensitive fern rust, fir needle diseases, fir twig aphid susceptibility, and pinewood nematode by Dr. Dale Bergdahl and genetic tests of fir and yellow birch by Dr. Donald DeHayes. More recently, faculty research at the forest focused on intensive ecosystem studies using open-topped mesocosms (large plastic tanks) of planted tree seedlings. Currently, Dr. Tony D'Amato is leading silvicultural studies to better understand climate change adaptation of trees.

Forest and Facilities

Approximately 35 acres of the property, once open meadows, are now mature plantations of conifer tree species and naturally regenerated hardwoods. The old pasture, about five acres, has been left to regenerate naturally with balsam fir, white spruce, and other woody species. The remaining 90 acres is thinned balsam fir and white spruce stands with some low-value hardwoods. A small cabin provides storage, a wood stove, and sleeping loft.

Driving Directions

From Burlington, take I-89 South to exit 10 (Waterbury), where you will get on Route 100 heading towards Stowe.  Travel though Stowe and into Morrisville where you will reach the intersection of Route 15 at a rotary.  Take the first right on the rotary onto Route 15 which will bring you into the town of Wolcott.  Once in Wolcott turn left onto Town Hill Road. Wolcott Research Forest is on East Hill Road.