The Cold Hollow Woodlots are also part of a broader regional conservation partnership, Cold Hollow to Canada, which works to promote land stewardship and wildlife habitat conservation stretching across seven towns on the west edge of the Green Mountains. This area is one of five priority habitat linkages identified by Two Countries, One Forest as critical in maintaining the integrity of the entire Northern Forest region. Other key partners in both the local and regional efforts include the North Woods Forestry Consulting. Vermont Audubon, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
While each landowner has their own forest management plan and specific management goals, the landowners generally share similar management goals focusing on:
- Privacy and Beauty
- Wildlife/Biodiversity (not focused on specific species)
- Stewardship (an interest in “making it better”)
Climate Change Impacts
As a first step to understanding how the Cold Hollow Woodlots could be affected by climate change, a landscape analysis was conducted to identify actions that are already identified in the landowners’ management plans that are beneficial in light of climate change. Each of the landowner management plans was reviewed and to identify current management practives that were related to the Adaptation Strategies and Approaches from Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. This is important because it acknowledges the benefits of sustainable forest management in creating healthy forests, which are expected to be more resilient to climate change. Climate change was not explicitly considered in the development in the existing management plans, but many good forest stewardship activities help to increase the ability of the forest to cope with and adapt to changing conditions.
The table below contains a few examples from an assessment completed for one landowner.