The Natural History of Humans in Vermont

Apart from glaciers, humans have arguably played the most significant role in shaping the Vermont landscape. We’ve extirpated large mammals (woolly mammoths) introduced tiny ones (Giardia), clear-cut forests, planted plantations, paved roads, redirected the flow of water, and so so much more. In the following sections I explore the natural history of several topics within the human story of the landscape (I’ll be adding sections on farming, quarrying, and plantations over the next year).

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