Dear Network Friends,

I hope this inaugural Vermont Forest Industry Network newsletter finds you healthy and safe. I’ve started to write this many times in the last few weeks, only to have the world change – again – and make me strike it all out and start over. Such is life in a COVID-19 world.

We’ve been meaning to launch a newsletter for some time, and given that our Network is challenged by not getting together physically for a while, now seems like the right time to create a place to post updates, share industry stories and use technology to stay connected as best we can.

My hope is this will become a regular newsletter that keeps us all apprised of changes happening throughout Vermont’s forest economy – from forest management, logging and processing to woodworking, building and biomass, and all things wood in between. It can be a place for all of us to share market news, ideas and resources that can help strengthen our industry and our connections to one another.

The next several months will be a challenge for everyone. Markets are uncertain, the economy is shaky and, until a vaccine becomes readily available, our collective priority will be staying healthy and safe and protecting one another. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we truly are all in this together.

No virus can stop us from helping help each other out, making new business connections and working together to solve problems that will improve the state of Vermont’s forest economy for everyone. So please enjoy this first edition of The Rough Cut, and let me know if you have ideas on how to improve it.

I wish you all health, and hope to see you in the woods or on the shop floor sometime soon!