About Heartwood

Heartwood is a collaborative podcast launched in May 2021, consisting of 5 initial episodes.

Hosted by:

Kate Forrer photoKate Forrer is a Community Forestry Outreach Specialist with UVM Extension. She works with the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program to support the care and management of Vermont's public trees and town forests. A Vermont licensed forester, Kate is passionate about growing Extension's forestry outreach programming. When she’s not helping others care for trees and forests, she can be found in her gardens, in the kitchen canning the flavors of summer, or roaming the hills of central Vermont with her husband, three kids, and of course, Huckleberry the dog.


LisaLisa Sausville is the Executive Director for Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife.  Lisa works to educate Vermont landowners and others about sound forest management and the importance of maintaining diverse wildlife habitats and healthy ecosystems.  Lisa enjoys the peace of the forest and the connection with landowners as they work to be good stewards of the land.  Her off-hours are spent with her family hiking Vermont’s woods, kayaking, and gardening as well as reading, knitting, and scrapbooking her adventures.    

Produced by:

Leah Kelleher photoLeah Kelleher is an environmental storyteller and audio artist based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She is the podcast producer of Heartwood, Local Wire, Attune, and a variety of other community news and nature audio projects. Her work aims to spark curiosity, gratitude, and concern in a time of environmental uncertainty. When she is not working on a story, you can find her somewhere in Vermont woods collecting mushrooms, following bird song, or cross country skiing.

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The Heartwood logo was designed and produced by Juli Badics.  Love it as much as us? Check out some of her other work on Instagram @julcsart.

Theme Music by:

Theme music for Heartwood was written and performed by Vermont musician Joanne Garton.  Check out her new Album Bees Knees and more of her work on her website.

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