2010 Vermont Forest Action Plan
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has the statutory authority to assess the state’s forest resources and guide the department in fulfilling program responsibilities. In addition, the 2008 Farm Bill requires each state to complete a state assessment and develop resource strategies in order to receive funds from the US Forest Service under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (CFAA). The Vermont Forestry Division currently receives about 25% of its funding through the CFAA for: Forest Stewardship; Urban and Community Forestry; Forest Legacy Administration; Fire Assistance and Forest Health Monitoring.
On June 17, 2010 the Department submitted The 2010 Vermont Forest Resources Plan - State Assessment and Resource Strategies to the US Forest Service. The Plan guides future actions towards the following:
- Healthy and sustainable forest ecosystems;
- A prosperou
s and sustainable forest products industry;
- Abundant recreational opportunities; and
- A combination of ownership patterns supporting a working forest landscape and large, unbroken forest tracts.
A bird's eye view of the Statehouse in Montpelier accented by Vermont's forested landscape.
The 2010 Vermont Forest Resources Plan builds upon previous planning efforts while following the guidance and requirements outlined by the US Forest Service. There are three key components in the Plan: Resource Strategies, State Assessment and accompanying maps. Strategies and the Assessment are divided by five broad desired future conditions: biological diversity, forest health and productivity, forest products and ecosystem services, land ethic and legal, institutional and economic framework.
In Vermont, we recognize that sustainable forests begin with healthy forests. Managing forest sustainably involves the recognition of connections among ecological, social and economic systems to maintain forest health while preserving options for future generations and meeting the needs for the present. As we enter the 21’st century, our forests have the potential to provide us with an abundance of ecological, economic and social benefits. However, the sustainability of Vermont’s forest depends upon keeping forest forested. Decision and actions we make today will influence our forests for years to come. Livable communities, functioning natural systems and our quality of life depend on healthy, sustainable forests. We must accept and embrace responsibilities as stewards of this valuable resource.
As with previous Forest Resources Plans, this Plan builds upon a foundation of partners who are critical to meeting our vision for the future. We look forward to working with all Vermonters to implement the strategies outlined in the Plan. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Steven Sinclair, Director of Forests
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0601