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

[email protected]

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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

VNRC Applauds Improved Public Input and Reduced Road Building in the Green Mountain National Forest

The US Forest Service recently issued a decision to reduce the amount of road building and timber harvest in the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). This decision was in response…

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With Scott’s signature, current use program will get a new ‘reserved forestland’ category

Excerpted from an article by Emma Cotton in VTDigger: “Vermont’s current use program, which provides landowners with a lower property tax rate for undeveloped land, is set to see a new…

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Governor Signs Important Bill to Protect Vermont’s Forests and Help Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change

Montpelier — Today, Governor Phil Scott signed a bill to expand Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (“Current Use”) Program (H.697). The bill will create a new subcategory in Current Use called…

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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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