"My sister and I recently inherited our maternal grandfathers ancestral home, a long-abandoned Vermont hill farm, which had grown back into a typical uplands mix of hardwoods and conifers. It was long overdue for a professional foresters input. Our objectives were to realize an income from the mature timber, but, as importantly, to utilize sustainable-yield practices consistent with minimal impact and respect for a forest ecosystem. We wished to assure that the woods would support a vibrant mix of plants and wildlife. It became clear upon inquiry that Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd. (MTL) was highly regarded in New England forestry circles as a top-of-the-line forest management company and, most importantly, appeared to share our objectives. In 2006, The Ecosystem Management Company, a subsidiary of Meadowsend Timberlands, prepared a comprehensive forest management plan for us. Subsequently I began timber stand improvement work based on the plan, some past experience and in cooperation with the MTL foresters. In the winter of 2010, a MTL forester oversaw our first thinning of mature maple and ash. I became a student of silvicultural practices as we regularly, at his insistence, snowshoed the hillside, shared objectives, and he tutoring me on the finer points of a thinning operation. Our first logging has amply demonstrated to me the importance of a forest management organization that shares in the landowners ideals and has the expertise and experience to identify and hire top-notch loggers, and expertly oversee grading and marketing of the logs. We feel the staff of MTL are superbly demonstrating these skills."