Vermont

Forest Action Plan

Vermont’s working forest landscape

Vermont has a working forest landscape; one that provides goods and services through stewardship, management and conservation. Forested ecosystems are the basis for numerous natural communities that support biological diversity. Forests underpin our economy and enhance our quality of life. We depend on the forest for timber, maple syrup, firewood, along with values and services such as watershed protection, wildlife habitats, carbon sequestration, outdoor recreation opportunities and scenic beauty. The Vermont 2010 Forest Resources Plan: State Assessment and Resource Strategies provides an assessment of conditions and trends of the forest resources in the state, discusses threats to Vermont’s forests, and identifies priority areas to focus resources. The Plan identifies long-term strategies for assuring that our forests are healthy and providing ecological and social services while meeting the economic needs of the citizens of Vermont. The keystone to this effort is our vision statement for the future of forests in Vermont. It embodies the concepts of healthy forests and the sustainable use of all forest services. It should be noted that the use of the term ‘forest’ is meant to reflect a forest continuum, from urban trees and remnant forests in our cities and towns to woodlots and rural forest blocks in our remote landscapes. Vermont’s forests are a mosaic – all have value and provide an important service.

Conserve

Conserving biological diversity across all landscapes

Green Infrastructure: Green infrastructure strategies actively seek to understand, leverage and value the different ecological, social and economic functions provided by natural systems in order to guide more efficient and sustainable land use and development patterns.

Protect

Protecting forest ecosystem health and productivity  

Invasive Species: Vermont is the latest state to experience invasive terrestrial plants and threats by three major invasive insects. Early detection, monitoring, coordinated regional responses and educational resources are needed, along with up-to-date recommendations to manage and eradicate invasive plants.

Enhance

Enhancing an ethic of respect for the land, sustainable use and exemplary management

Forest Habitats and Diversity: Understanding climate change, forest fragmentation, the effects of browsing from wildlife on forest plants and how to combat invasive species are all necessary to maintaining natural communities and critical habitats.

Vermont Contact Information

Steven J. Sinclair
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation
1 National Life Drive
Davis 2
Montpelier, VT
05620- 3801
(802)828-1531

Steve.sinclair@state.vt.us