A CASE FOR FORESTS | A Case tractor, in a high pasture on Braintree Hill faces forested hills to the southwest in Bethel and Rochester and beyond. Case cites the firm's history in the gas tractor field as beginning in the 1890s. By then, Vermont's landscape had been deforested, for nearly half a century.
The Vermont Land Trust reports that, in a reversal of the nineteenth century, nearly 80 percent of Vermont is now again forested, adding, that these "northeast forests cannot be overlooked as a globally important storehouse of carbon that has a positive impact on the Earth’s climate.”
Over three decades the Vermont Land Trust has worked with families, towns, and businesses to protect more than 360,000 acres of forestland from subdivision, fragmentation, and development. (Herald photo / Bob Eddy)