What is meant by “living sustainably”? Simply put, the idea of sustainable living refers to existing in a way that can be continued indefinitely without exhausting available resources. Sustainable practices can play a key role in decreasing humanity’s negative impact on the planet’s ecosystems. Very few people practice this lifestyle completely in today’s society. However, just keeping it in mind and taking steps to reduce the resources needed to fuel your lifestyle can have a measurable effect on the health of the planet. The more people that jump on board with this idea and attempt to make little changes, the more exponential this positive progress will become. A goal […]

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Every year the natural resources department hosts three 3D archery events at Frost Valley. These events are open to the public for the price of $20 for adults and $8 for children under the age of 12. They are free of charge for Frost Valley outdoor sporting participants and lunch is included for everyone! They offer a fun filled Saturday for anyone who loves archery. Guests are asked to bring their own archery equipment for shooting the course. The 3D archery course consists of a ½ mile loop trail with 28 three dimensional targets along the way. We even have a stegosaurus target! Shots for various skill levels are marked […]

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Springtime usually brings some much welcomed warmer weather to Frost Valley. Emerging from the soil along with this warmer weather are the beautiful spring ephemeral plants. The presence of these plants represents a short window of time before the forest canopy fills in and summer foliage takes over. This is deer density survey time, and it is a literal race against time for the Natural Resources and Environmental Science Department. The race begins as soon as maple sugaring season is over (April 5th this year) and must be finished before the ferns fill in and block our view of the forest floor.  An adequate area of the forest floor must […]

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The 2017 maple sugaring season at Frost Valley has recently come to an end. This season was an interesting one. The sap flowed at a slow and intermittent pace, but the season endured for longer than usual. The season got off to an early start with sap collection beginning in mid February. We fired up the evaporator for our first boil on February 22nd and concluded with our last boil on April 5th. By the end of the season we had boiled 14 times and produced a total of 290 gallons of syrup. This type of season is in stark contrast to the season we experienced last year. The 2016 […]

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When considering the way that a responsible harvest of trees is planned, it is not a stretch to say that more thought is actually given to growing trees than to cutting trees. This concept is known as silviculture, a word simply defined as, the cultivation or growing of trees.  Frost Valley uses sivicultural prescriptions to manage our forests. Silvicultural prescriptions are just as they sound, literally prescriptions for the forest. Keeping various factors and goals in mind, a prescription can be developed for growing trees in a particular forest stand. Back in 2002, Frost Valley worked with a forestry company to inventory our entire property and come up with a […]

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PART 1, WHY WE SUPPLY OUR OWN: Most of our guests at Frost Valley will enjoy a fire at some point during their visit. Whether it is an outdoor campfire with s’mores and hot dogs, or sitting by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, that firewood has to come from somewhere. Fortunately for Frost Valley, we have a local and sustainable source for firewood. It all comes from right here on our property. Our need for firewood doesn’t stop with the guests. Several of our staff residences are heated by wood-burning central boilers or wood stoves and our maple sugaring program uses a wood fired evaporator to cook […]

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