Our Work

Keep Vermont’s Working Landscape Vital

Vermont’s working landscape—its open meadows and mixed forests—offers economic, cultural, scenic, environmental and recreational benefits that are essential to our future prosperity. Yet if alarming trends are not reversed, it could vanish within a generation along with Vermont’s unique character and many of the key values that unify the state.
In December, leaders from the state, federal, nonprofit and private sectors packed the Vermont State House for the Summit on the Future of the Working Landscape. The new nonpartisan broad-based Vermont Working Landscape Partnership, an outcome from this Summit, is leading a bold year-long campaign to keep our farm and forest economy vital. It will bring a focused Action Plan to the Governor and legislature—one that will help everyone trying to make a living from the land.
To show our elected leaders how much Vermonters care about this issue, over 130 organizations and businesses and many more individuals have already signed on as members. You can do your part and sign up as an individual member of the Partnership to stay updated and help shape the campaign for the future of Vermont’s Working Landscape.
Learn more and add your name to the growing list. This effort is being lead by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. If Vermonters focus and work together, we can build an agricultural and natural resource renaissance and keep our land working for future generations.