Help Keep Vermont Clean and Green

Last updated on August 16th, 2018 at 10:04 am

I’m horrified that Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources’ (ANR) is proposing to establish All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails on state land.  I wrote a letter to the editor of our local Brattleboro Paper, The Reformer and also wrote to Warren Coleman, head of ANR.  I’m asking our friends and customers to do the same. 

Here’s the situation, as I see it. In spite of much research that’s been done to characterize the extent of damage that ATVs do to our environment, the political leaders at ANR trudge ahead in encouraging and expanding their use.  Even if you want to put science aside, plain common sense reveals that noisy, gas-powered ATVs are polluting our air and water, damaging our land and disturbing our wildlife.  No one legitimately disputes that. Clearly ANRs decision is not about conservation.  

We all know that expanding ATV use is bad for the environment.  The decision is about Vermont's economy.  In the short term, one might argue that it's good for the economy and will bring in ATV tourists from neighboring states.  However, ANR must consider the negative, long term economic effects that go with such a decision.  Vermonters have worked hard over the years, and indeed generations, to establish a clean, green state that values environmental conservation over short-term economic gain.  

Vermont's green identity or brand, if you will, has great value in terms of tourism, green products and green businesses.  

 

Please urge ANR to consider the damage they will be doing to Vermont's green brand by increasing the use of ATVs in our state.  The long term consequences of such a decision will be devastating to the state's economy and wildlife, as well as to the quality of our air, water and land.  

 

There is still time to email ANR and say NO to Establishment of ATV Trails on State land.  Send your email to warren.coleman@state.vt.us today.  The deadline for comments is Monday, June 22.

 

Thanks for your help in keeping Vermont clean and green!

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The Link Between Sustainable Furniture and Tigers

Last updated on October 17th, 2012 at 03:34 pm

Did you know that a portion of every sale at Vermont Woods Studios goes to charities and non-profits that work to preserve the worlds forests, and the animals and people who live there?  Every December we begin to make our annual donations and today, we are sending a gift to the World Wildlife Fund to support their conservation efforts to save the tiger. 

It seems impossible, but the fact is that wild tiger numbers have dropped from 100,000 to less than 4,000 over the last century, and the remaining tigers occupy only 7% of their historic range.  They are literally teetering on the brink of extinction. 

Although many threats account for the decline of tigers, one serious problem is deforestation and the loss of their natural habitats in India, Southeast Asia, Indochina and Russia. 

 

You can support the conservation of tigers by ensuring that any furniture, flooring or other forest products you buy comes from wood that has been locally and sustainably harvested and/or certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council.

 

Long live the tiger!

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Rebuilding the Economy on a Green Foundation

Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 02:57 pm

As we start picking up the pieces of our broken economy and trying to sort through them, what kinds of changes will we make to avoid another meltdown?  We’ve unwittingly become such ravenous consumers, that we’ve gotten accustomed to forsaking quality in our purchases for instant gratification at the expense of frequent disposal and replacement.

We hear people say things like, “I like to freshen up my home and replace my furniture every few years to stay up with the trends.”  In the furniture business, we call those disposable purchases curbside furniture.

If you’re lucky enough to have antiques and heirlooms that have been handed down to you through the generations, I’ll bet that even after 50-100 or more years, you’ll find the quality of those items to be superior to that of today’s equivalent.

Rebuilding the economy on a green foundation is going to involve a cultural shift away from cheap, imported, transitory goods in favor of high-quality, long-lasting, timeless items that are crafted from sustainable resources and sold near the source with a minimum of transportation and fuel costs.  Green American furniture companies are leading the way toward this kind of a paradigm shift.  We have the sustainable resources, the talent, the facilities and the will to make it happen.  Visit the Sustainable Furniture Council to learn more.

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Welcome to Vermont Woods Studios’ New Blog

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 01:43 pm

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Bringing Vermont Woodworking into the Modern World with our New Blog.

You’ve come to us with your sustainable eco-furniture needs; you’ve come to us to add a touch of class and uniqueness to your homes.  You’ve stuck with us as we’ve striven to build a company with a tri-fold mission—to save our planet’s endangered forests and priceless raw materials, to save the individual artisan and safeguard that traditional way of life in this difficult economy, and, of course, to create a beautiful and innovative line of artisan furniture. In short: to make art and to make an impact.

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