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

Annual summit for conservation commissions begins virtually on September 23

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) will hold its Annual Summit, Conservation in the Time of COVID-19, as an online series beginning on September 23. The program will consist of four Zoom…

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Great American Outdoors Act signed into law

The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law today, permanently funding LWCF after 55 years! Thank you, Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch for supporting this absolutely critical…

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Jamey Fidel: We can’t take Vermont’s forests for granted

This commentary is by Jamey Fidel, General Counsel and Forest and Wildlife Program Director at Vermont Natural Resources Council. It also appeared in VTDigger, Bennington Banner and Brattleboro Reformer. Vermont…

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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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Forest Round Table