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Forestry Forum at the Vermont Folklife Center

Panel Discussion–Vermont’s Working Forests: Challenges and Opportunities. Panelists in the discussion include Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation; Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development; Jamey Fidel, general counsel and director of the forest and wildlife program at the Vermont Natural Resources Council; David Brynn, founder of Vermont Family Forests; and Tom Yager, head forester at A. Johnson Co. in Bristol, one of the state’s largest mills. Recorded 11/19/15.

Producer: Vermont Folklife Center/MCTV

Middlebury Five-O: Heather Seeley

Local business owner, excavator operator, maple sugarer, mother and Middlebury Selectboard candidate, Heather talks about her desire to serve the community in local government. She stresses how crucial it is to have diversity on the Selectboard, both for breadth of expertise and representation, and states how she believes she would meet that need. Heather talks about her experience attending meetings and serving on local committees, gaining an appreciation for the issues and how local politics functions, and she touches upon some of the key areas of concern for the community, most particularly the impending railway bridge renovation project. A warm and engaging glimpse into the life and vision of this impressive Middlebury resident. Recorded 2/1/16.

Producer: Jennifer Molineaux