Human Land Use

The Redstone Pines has a number of uses on campus. Its primary use is as an area for relaxation and leisure for students. Hammocks, slack lines and picnics can be seen here on any weather friendly day. It also acts as a meeting place, natural area and work space for members of the UVM community.

The land use history seems to be undocumented prior to Buell’s Estate. For this reason it is unclear what its land use history is prior to the estate. The documentation regarding the Buell estate leads me to believe that the land was kept as a natural area. When examining the Pines today it is obvious that there has been and is some sort of management that allows the area to stay clear. I would presume at some time the land was cleared and that the Pines may had been placed on top of the cleared land.

The boundaries of the Pines have been defined as the area between South Prospect Street and the campus roads.

(United States Department of the Interior National Park Service )

“Redstone Hall.” Redstone Hall, The University of Vermont: Excerpted from Redstone

Historic District National Register.

The United States Department of Interior National Parks Service. “National
Register of
            Historic Places.” Redstone Historic District: Burlington, ser. 10, pp. 11. 10,

Thanksgiving Break


A long walk brought me to a beautiful spot. This spot was on the Connecticut river. The very river my sisters and I swam in as children. We used the river properly. We swam and fished their during our summers. It was apart of who we were and it was integral to our growth. As I now look at this spot with the beautiful trees high  and the air growing colder I recognize how lucky I am to grow up in such a place. This area although not my homeland is part of my family. Learning to treat this area properly is essential in order for it to maintain its beauty. I have learned to respect this area by cleaning the trash left by visitors. Often visitors come to admire the trees and the river but do not remember the ethical commitment they have to the land. All the fallen dead trees here are because of the actions of our species. We have a responsibility to respect this land and what we have done so far has been far from just. I remember when I was young the land was quite different. There were less dead trees and more healthy wildlife. We need to restore these beautiful lands!


The two areas differ greatly, one offers more of a natural beauty while the other shows the brute reality of nature. As one approaches the river in Hanover they will notice the beauty of the place. The trees gently lying on the ground or soaring high in the sky. The backdrop is the beautiful winding Connecticut River which flows endlessly. Behind the river lies the sun which illuminates the forest. One may feel like their in a movie or looking at a painting. Immediately, you feel feel a warm sensation in your heat and happiness will radiate through your bones. When one looks at the Red Stone Pines they will not experience the same sensations. The Pines are plain with no emotion or beauty. They represent the brutality in nature. When I look at the Pines I feel a cold winter breeze. I see no beauty only boredom and solitude.  For these reason the Pines have less value. One can feel the emotions of forest in Hanover due to its immersive nature but the Pines are cold and destitute.  I can not say if this is due to the wrath of God or due to misfortune but make not mistake that the Pines are void of beauty.


Closing the Door on October

The  Pines maintain their previous description for the most part. Needles cover the ground and pinecones remain lofted high in the trees. The air has grown colder, the wind blows stronger and the rainfall has caused the ground to be moister.


The Wind Blows Fiercely

The Pines Shake

The Man Walks

His Hand a Rake

The Ground Covered

Needles and Leaves

The Tall Pines

Strong and Free


Transitioning into Fall

The changing season brings a changing environment to the red stone pines. Dry needles and pinecones the ground. The spectrum of colors that can be witnessed during this time of the year makes red stone pines particularly beautiful, from the leaves on the trees to the pinecones on the ground .

October in Redstone Pines

I arrive to Redstone Pines by foot, it is only a short walk from my dorm, University Heights South. I walk south west for approximately 600 hundred feet, passing the Water Tower and the chapel. I am slowly ascending a hill which gives view to magnificent  Green Mountains, which appear to dwarf campus. These views drive my interest in the Pines. After numerous visits, I decided that it would be my phenology project location. The area is rich with towering conifers, often used as hammock post. The Pines seem to be a place where squirrels like to gather. There is not any notable plant life at the moment.