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VTel's 2012 Tree Planting Takes Place along Otter Creek
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:05

The Vermont Departments of Forests, Parks & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife Planted 250 Hardwood Seedlings at Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area. The Project was Funded by the Vermont Telephone Co. as Part of Its Ongoing Commitment to Reduce

(Springfield, VT) – May 21, 2012 – Vermont Telephone Company, Inc. (VTel) has announced that it recently sponsored a tree planting of more than 250 trees in the Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area, in Mount Tabor, Vermont. The planting was conducted by the Vermont Departments of Forests, Parks & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife District 2 Staff on Thursday April 12th and Friday April 27th.

The project location is part of the Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area. “For some time, we have wanted both to stabilize the bank of the Otter Creak to protect against flooding and to provide an important travel corridor for animals in this area parallel to the Otter Creek”, said John Lones, Forester at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. “Our annual partnership with VTel allows us to accomplish important projects that make a significant and positive impact on the local environment.”


Eric Hanson (rear), & Doug Bloggett (front), planting the Otter Creek riparian travel corridor

The cost of all materials, including shipping of the trees, was underwritten by VTel, while five members of the forestry and wildlife staff planted the more than 250 silver maple, burr oak, and red maple trees on a one hundred foot corridor along the Otter Creek in Mount Tabor.

The cost of all materials, including shipping of the trees, was underwritten by VTel, while five members of the forestry and wildlife staff planted the more than 250 silver maple, burr oak, and red maple trees on a one hundred foot corridor along the Otter Creek in Mount Tabor.

“We are proud of our partnership with the Vermont Departments of Forests, Parks, & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife.” said Sharon Combes-Farr, Director of Marketing of Vermont Telephone Co. “The District staff help us identify and then execute worthy projects that improve the environment, while helping us to exceed our tree-planting goal, and when they’re done planting, it’s great to actually be able to see that a positive environmental action has taken place.”

VTel has an ongoing policy to plant the equivalent number of trees that it calculates it uses in paper-based mailings and other materials each year. “This policy is an important part of our commitment to improve the quality of life in Vermont,” said Combes-Farr.

VTel used the Mohawk Environmental Calculator to estimate that the company used 10 tons of paper in 2011. Additionally, the company relied on information from Conservatree, a non-profit organization that works to make paper environmentally sustainable. Conservatree has estimated that it takes 24 trees to make a fresh ton of paper. Therefore, VTel’s goal in partnering with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation on the Otter Creek riparian project was to plant more than the 240 trees it would take to produce new paper to replace the amount the company consumed last year.

VTel has an ongoing policy of significantly reducing its carbon footprint. In addition to the tree-planting policy, VTel’s other green initiatives include being one of the first companies in Vermont to drive hybrid vehicles and printing VTel telephone bills on chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer-waste paper, manufactured using only wind-power and hydroelectric power.


Kyle Mason enjoys his time planting trees on the Otter Creek riparian site



(Springfield, VT) – May 23, 2012 – Vermont Telephone Company, Inc. (VTel) has announced that it recently sponsored a tree planting of more than 250 trees in the Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area, in Mount Tabor, Vermont. The planting was conducted by the Vermont Departments of Forests, Parks & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife District 2 Staff on Thursday April 12th and Friday April 27th.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 08:27