Dear Network Friends,

It’s been a minute since we sent out a Rough Cut, but we wanted to get back into your inbox because there are some exciting efforts underway we want to be sure you know about.
Many Rough Cut subscribers are likely aware of an exciting project being led by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation called the Vermont Forest Future Strategic Roadmap. This year-long process is bringing together industry experts and other forest stakeholders to develop a 10-year roadmap for how to strengthen, modernize, promote, and protect Vermont’s forest products sector and the broader forest economy. Please check the website here to learn more and participate in the Roadmap process.
Speaking of FPR, congratulations are in order for Danny Fitzko, who was recently appointed Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. She takes over for Mike Snyder who stepped down in December.
The Forest Economy Career Guide is now available for download. This comprehensive guide aimed at students and their parents, teachers or other career influencers, outlines the wide array of jobs available in the forest economy, from the woods to the woodshop. Click here to view the guide and view three short videos featuring a forester, a sawyer and two woodworkers, who share what motivated them to pursue their careers. Please share the Career Guide or email Christine if you would like to help get the guide into the hands of students or others wanting to learn more.
Save the Date!

The 2023 Vermont Forest Industry Summit is happening on Thursday, September 14 at Bolton Valley Resort, in conjunction with the Vermont Forest Future Strategic Roadmap process. Given this year’s focus on the Roadmap, we have decided to do a half-day Vermont Forest Industry Summit, which will include a continental breakfast, expert speakers and sessions throughout the morning and a buffet lunch. After lunch, we will turn things over to FPR to host an afternoon session focused on refining the Roadmap. We hope you will join for the entire day. Registration will open in July but mark your calendars now!

September is looking to be a fun-filled month, complete with a one-of-a-kind table-making experience on the Vermont State House lawn on Sept. 24. Keep reading to learn more about The Naked Table Project efforts to educate people about how a tree becomes a table and also support affordable housing projects with Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity.

I hope you are enjoying the woods this spring,