Healthy Forests & Wildlife

VNRC has a long history of protecting Vermont’s forests, natural areas and working landscape. Since approximately 80% of Vermont’s forests are privately owned, we advocate for policies that help landowners and communities promote the long-term stewardship of their forestland and wildlife resources. On state, federal, and municipally owned forests, we encourage proactive and sustainable management and conservation practices. We also promote tax policies and creative approaches in the Vermont Legislature to keep our forests viable for the diverse values they provide.

For questions or inquiries:

Jamey Fidel, General Counsel and Forest & Wildlife Program Director

802-223-2328 x117

jfidel@vnrc.org

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At A Glance

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Promoting Intact Forests

Fighting fragmentation and parcelization in Vermont through research, coalition work, and community outreach

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Forest Roundtable

Bringing together diverse interests to keep Vermont's forests as forests

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Technical Assistance and Education

Helping communities and landowners protect natural resources

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Forest & Wildlife News

The Year of the Forest?

Governor Scott has a unique opportunity to give a significant boost to forest management and protection policy in the coming weeks.  The Vermont General Assembly is sending several bills to the Governor’s desk that, when…

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Vermont Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Biodiversity and Support Climate Resilience

Montpelier – Today, the Vermont Senate passed legislation to protect biodiversity and improve climate resilience (H.606). The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. The bill now heads to the…

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House Advances Bill to Support Smart Growth & Affordable Housing, Healthy Forests, and Working Lands

Montpelier – Today, the Vermont House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass S.234, a bill that takes a significant step toward improving Act 250, Vermont’s comprehensive statewide land use law.  The vote…

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Forest Parcelization Website

Parcelization

The subdivision of land into smaller and smaller pieces and multiple ownerships is gaining momentum in Vermont.

When land is broken up into smaller parcels from parcelization and subdivision, the result is typically an increase in the number of parcels with housing and infrastructure such as roads, septic and utility lines. When this development occurs, it “fragments” the landscape and can affect plant and animal species, wildlife habitat, water quality and recreational access. It can also affect the contiguous ownership and management of forest parcels, and the viability of large tracts of forestland to contribute to Vermont’s rural economy and working landscape.

Visit the Vermont Parcelization Website.

Forest Roundtable

Protecting Vermont's forests, together.

Developed and convened by VNRC in 2006, the Forest Roundtable is a venue for the exchange of information relating to forest policy, and keeping Vermont’s forests as forests, with particular attention focused on addressing parcelization and forest fragmentation. Participants have included conservation groups, consulting foresters, professional planners, government officials, landowner organizations, outdoor recreation and sporting interests, representatives from the forest products industry, legislators, staff from Vermont’s congressional delegation, and researchers and professors.

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