The landscape of Vermont has experienced many changes during our history.
While in the middle of the 19th century only a third of Vermont remained
forested, today we find nearly eight out of every ten acres of land
covered with trees. Current forest statistics describe a forest that
is increasing in acreage, number of trees, annual growth, volume, and
maturity, and exhibits improved overall health. As favorable as these
statistics are, decisions and actions we make today will influence our
forests in years to come. The resiliency of the state’s forestland
should not be taken for granted.
Established in 1909, the Vermont Forest Service has an impressive record
of promoting the stewardship of Vermont’s forest. Now titled the
Division of Forests, our mission is to assure that the forest resources
of Vermont serve the long-term needs of society by promoting a balanced
and diverse approach to the management, use and protection of the state’s
Division programs focus on assessing and constantly monitoring the
health of forest ecosystems, practicing and promoting the concepts of
sustainable, integrated natural resource management on both public and
private forest land, and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources
that strengthen and support Vermont’s working landscape. Services
also support Vermont’s competitive, growing, and adaptive forest
products industry. Of most importance is providing people of all ages
with information and education of the principles of forest stewardship.
I invite you to learn more about the Forestry Division and the services
we provide by visiting the pages of our Web site. As we begin the 21st
century, Vermont’s forests have the ability and resiliency to
meet future demands, through the stewardship and support of all who
cherish and respect this tremendous resource.