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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R. 37

House resolution congratulating Representative David Potter and Sue Potter of Clarendon on being recipients of the Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year award

Offered by:  Representatives Malcolm of Pawlet and McCullough of Williston

Whereas, Representative David Potter and his family are continuing the tradition of land stewardship and conservation in Clarendon, his home town, Wallingford, and Tinmouth that his ancestors began in 1820, and

Whereas, in 2008, the Potter Tree Farm consisted of 591.2 acres of forest land and 165.9 acres of open and farm land which are under the joint care of Representative David Potter, his wife, Sue, and son, Nate, and

Whereas, modern forestry management practices were instituted on parts of the Potter family’s land as early as 1943, and the first formal plan for the entire farm was developed in 1973, and

Whereas, during the past four decades, the Potter family has harvested over 1.5 million board feet of wood from the farm, approximately two-thirds of which has been white pine, and the balance of the timber has consisted of ash, beech, bitternut hickory, soft maple, sugar maple, and white pine, and

Whereas, maple sugaring has long served as an important element in managing the Potter family’s forestland with currently 1,800 taps, and three different sugar houses have existed during the Potter family’s ownership, and

Whereas, management projects on the land have coalesced with opportunities for recreation such as a hunting club, that in exchange for access to the forest, assists with brush hogging fields and pruning and releasing apple trees, and

Whereas, fishing is available at Sucker Brook, and horseback riders, cross‑country skiers, snowshoers, and hikers use trails that cross the Potter Tree Farm, and

Whereas, the local Audubon chapter and VINS use the Potter Tree Farm as one of the sites for the annual Christmas bird count, and

Whereas, the Potters have performed Tree Stand Improvement on at least 15 acres in each of the past five years, and

Whereas, in recognition of their exemplary performance as a timber harvester and forest protector, the Vermont Woodlands Association named Representative Dave Potter and Sue Potter as the Vermont Tree Farmer of 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives

That this legislative body congratulates Representative Dave Potter and Sue Potter of Clarendon on being recipients of the Vermont Tree Farmer award of 2008, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Representative David Potter.




____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont