What Is Alces?

Alces alces is the scientific name for the moose, the largest member of the deer family. Ky, owner of Alces Post & Beam, is a wildlife biologist who conducted research on moose habitat suitability in the central Green Mountains and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for his Masters degree. His is currently interested in the effects of climate change on moose distribution, especially on the southern edge of their range. Each spring bull moose grow new antlers, which they use to show dominance during the fall breeding season, and then shed them each winter. In late winter and early spring, Ky and his friends search for these moose antler sheds. He is interested in comparing antler sizes between individual moose of the same age class and the rate of growth from year to year.
Bull moose shedding velvet, Granville, VT

Bull moose in velvet, Isle Royale, Michigan

Lisa and shed moose antler

Before the 1800's, moose were found throughout Alaska, Canada and the northern reaches of the United States, including New England. By the late 1800s, the moose was virtually eliminated from most of its historic range in New England due to habitat loss from agriculture and unregulated hunting. Moose persisted only in isolated pockets of northern New Hampshire and Maine. However, in the early part of this century, as farms were abandoned and forests began to regenerate across New England, moose began a southward expansion to repopulate their former range. By 1960 moose numbers were estimated at approximately 20 in Vermont and by 1990 they were estimated to have reached 1,000. Since then, moose numbers have increased to approximately 6,000 and since 1993 there has been a regulated moose hunt that is now held throughout most of the state.

Alces Post & Beam uses the moose as the symbol for our company because its strength and natural beauty embody the essence of our timber frame structures.

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