The following is a list of some of the books, periodicals, blogs, films, organizations, and websites we have found helpful or inspirational when it comes to understanding an environment like Fairlee Forest. Please use our Facebook page to add your own favorites to the list.


Federal Agencies:

State Agencies and Organizations:

Local and Regional Agencies:

Conservation Commissions

Other State and Regional Organizations concerned with forests, conservation, education:

Recreation, Trails and Forest Roads:

Publications and Websites


  • Audubon Vermont Fact Sheet: The Birder's Dozen.
  • Bernd, H. (2003). Winter World: the Ingenuity of Animal Survival, New York: Harper Collins.
  • Bernd, H. (2007). Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-Birds, New York: Harper Perennial.
  • Holland, M. (2010) Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England. London: Trafalgar Square Publishing.
        See also Mary Holland’s blog:
  • Upper Valley Birders Listserv:
  • Wildlife Fact Sheets:
        Eastern Coyote
        River Otter
  • The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project, The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas


Invasive Species

Forest Ecology and Stewardship

Forest History

  • Wessels, T. (1997). Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England. Woodstock, Vermont: Countryman Press.
  • Wessels, T. (2010). Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape. Woodstock, Vermont: Countryman Press.

Culture and History

  • Abenaki in Vermont: A Living Culture Video
  • Barrett, F.J. & Larrabee, J.B. (2011). Celebrating Fairlee: 250 Years, Fairlee, Vermont: Fairlee Historical Society.
  • Haviland, W.A. & Power, M.W. (1994). The Original Vermonters: Native Inhabitants, Past and Present. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England (UPNE).
  • Miller, S., (1976). Recollections of Milldale Farm, West Fairlee, Vermont. Ed. David Donath. Hanover, NH: UPNE (UVP) out of print.
  • Robinson, P. (1957). The Town under the cliff; a history of Fairlee Vermont. Fairlee, VT.
  • Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation: History of forestry in Vermont.

    See also Fairlee Public Library and Fairlee Historical Society collections.

Local Geology

Classics for Naturalists

  • Leopold, A. (1949, 1989). A Sand County Almanac. New York: Ballantine Books.
  • Muir, J. (1992). The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books, Seattle: Mountaineer Books.
  • Wilderness: America’s Living Heritage, Ed. David Brower. (1961) San Francisco: Sierra Club.
  • Nash, R. (1967). Wilderness and the American Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. Ed. Eliot Porter (1962). San Francisco: Sierra Club.

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