Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife: A Guide for Local Action

VNRC is pleased to unveil Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife: A Guide for Local Action. Over the years, VNRC has supported Vermont communities by offering proactive solutions to reduce forest fragmentation and parcelization in Vermont to maintain the rural character of our state. There are many different ways that communities can help sustain forests and wildlife at the local and regional levels, and the Guide provides town officials and interested citizens with the tools – both regulatory and non-regulatory – to do just that.


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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Status of Forestland
3. Planning for Forests and Wildlife
4. Conservation Planning
5. Sustaining Working Forests
6. Current Use
7. Local Tax Stabilization
8. Conservation Easements
Landowner Case Studies
9. Conservation Funds and Town Forests
10. Federal and State Assistance Programs
11. Writing Standards for Development Review
12. Conservation Zoning Districts
13. Forest Zoning Districts
14. Overlay Districts
15. Subdivision Regulations
16. Clustering and Planned Unit Developments
17. Road and Trail Policies
18. Writing Clear Definitions
Case Studies – Examples of Development Review Standards
Back Cover

Funding or general support for this publication was provided by:

Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust
Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC), a partnership of Northern Forest states (New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and New York), in coordination with the USDA Forest Service
The Nature Conservancy – Vermont Chapter
U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
U.S. Forest Service, Green Mountain National Forest
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources