The ridge above Mike Guillmette’s house rises more than 200 feet from the relative flat of the Hinesberg acreage farmed by his brother, Bernie. The ridge runs roughly north-south, and as expected, the north slope of the ridge has more conifers growing on it. To the south, the maples’ bare crowns are grouped by the tens, dozens- big, strong trees that must have been good-sized trees when Mike’s father, now 84 was born. There are beech trees here, as well as ironwood, cedar and white pine. Mike says shagbark hickory grows on the north end of the ridge.

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