Benjamin Lepesqueur and Lorelei Westbrook
Benjamin Lepesqueur and Lorelei Westbrook used a $222,000 VACC loan to purchase a 138.9-acre Bakersfield property, including forestland that will be managed for timber production, and a sugarbush that will be developed for sap production.
Benjamin will manage the woodlots and sugarbush and Lorelei will continue her work as a junior high school teacher in St. Albans. The property includes 122 acres of forestland, of which 108.65 acres are in a forest management plan. Benjamin, who runs a logging business, plans to thin the mature hemlock and pine on the property and use proceeds from the cutting to develop the sugarbush.
The woodlots will be managed for timber production, and maple sap will be sold from the developed sugarbush.