News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Autumn leaves bring leaf peepers flocking to the state to admire the changing colors every year. So it is fitting that the Vermont Woodlands Association has named Clarendon landowners David Potter and his wife, Sue, and son, Nate, Tree Farmer of Year for the stewardship of their 591 acres of forestland and 165 acres of farmland, said The Rutland Herald. David, a member of the Vermont Legislature, noted portions of the land have been in his family since 1820. The property yields harvested timber and is home to public uses such as hunting, horseback riding, and fishing. It’s also home to an unusual occurrence: a bee tree. “My father told me whoever finds a bee tree and carves their initials in it, they own that tree and all the bees and honey with it,” David explained. You’ll see the initials DP carved into the tree, if you look closely.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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