Tree Farmer magazine’s January/February edition includes a new article co-written by Ben Amsden (Plymouth State University) and Lisa Chase (University of Vermont Extension). “Tools for Managing Risk in Tree Farm Tourism” highlights the issues, questions, and concerns addressed in previous workshops, and includes helpful ideas about how land owners can best prepare themselves to welcome the public. Topics covered include liability, insurance, security, and tips for developing a personalized set of tools–such as building a network with other land owners, for sharing information, lessons learned, emerging themes, opportunities and resources. Read the article here.
Ben Amsden and Lisa Chase have been working together since 2008 to provide content-rich workshops and other resource materials to land owners interested in providing land use access or participatory experiences for fun, recreation, and education. Ben is the partnerships & grants coordinator and research assistant professor of social science and tourism management of the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Lisa Chase is the director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center and a natural resources specialist with University of Vermont Extension in Burlington in Vermont. Both Ben and Lisa have a specific interest in the relationship between people and rural landscapes. Their work with land owners regarding various aspects of risk management is funded in part by the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education (NECRME) at the University of Delaware, in Newark Delaware.