Forest Conservation and Restoration

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Our Commitment to The Forest


A message from our founder, Peggy Farabaugh

We founded VWS on the principles of forest and wildlife conservation. As furniture makers we use wood. We are committed to not only harvesting trees sustainably but also to reforesting vulnerable wildlife habitats where our competitors still choose to harvest timber illegally.

Experience Forest and Wildlife Habitat Restoration with VWS

We write a lot about our forest conservation and restoration efforts but you don't have to take our word for it. Join us! You can help us plant trees on the 109 acre managed woodland that is home to our Stonehurst showroom in Vermont. Or if you're more adventurous, you can travel to Mexico with us. That's where we do reforestation work with our colleague, Jose Luis Alvarez, founder of Forests for Monarchs.

Monarch butterflies gather around flowers on table

We are working with Jose Luis Alvarez, founder of Forests for Monarchs FFM to reforest the monarch butterfly's winter habitat in Mexico.

Help Us Plant Trees to Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Mexico

Reforestation is serious work but we always manage to have fun when we go to Mexico and support Jose Luis Alvarez in his reforestation projects. Over the years, many have asked to join us in this endeavor. We're eager to show people our environmental mission in action. If you've ever dreamed of visiting the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico, come see them with us and leave a legacy of newly planted trees behind. Contact me here if you're interested.

Monarch butterflies gathered on tree

Photo courtesy of FFM board member, Sue Sill.

Why Monarchs?

Since the last ice age Mexico has been the winter home to the entire species of the Eastern Monarch Butterfly. Sadly, their population has dropped by 90 percent over the last few decades. People ask me why we're so invested in monarch conservation. My answer is: if you can't even save the world's most beautiful insect (with the world's most amazing migration) what does that say for the future of millions of less glamorous pollinators. And for our food supply? Save monarchs and save hope for the future.

Learn More About our Environmental Mission

We believe businesses have a special responsibility to make the world a better place. By joining 1% for the Planet we put our money where our mouth is. Fully one percent of our revenue is donated to environmental non-profits working towards a sustainable future. Learn about our four-pronged commitment to sustainability.

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Experience forest conservation and restoration with VWS