Why Forests Are Important
Vermont's forests are valuable ecologically, economically and socially.
Covering 75 percent of the state, forests provide
jobs, stability to the landscape, wildlife habitats, biological diversity,
clear water, scenic vistas and diverse recreational opportunities.
While changes are always occurring to the forests, these are values
that Vermonters want to maintain.
Benefits people obtain from forest ecosystems help sustain and fulfill human
life. Our clean air and water are in large part due to the filtering
effects of trees above and below ground. Forests provide food, fresh
water, fuel and fiber. They support functions such as maintaining soil
fertility, cycling of nutrients (carbon sequestration & air pollution
filtering), and provide habitat for plant and animal life. Forests reduce
the effects from climate (drought) weather (flooding, strong winds)
and insect and disease problems (natural controls). And forests represent
a part of our lives that we value for education, aesthetics, recreation,
tourism and cultural heritage. Some of these benefits could be viewed
as commodities that deserve compensation, such as: aesthetics, undeveloped
open space, watershed protection and water purification and carbon
sequestration and storage. Visit the following link more information on climate change and forests.
Ecosystem Assessment – a four-year United Nations assessment
of the condition and trends of the world’s ecosystems - categorizes
ecosystem services as:
or the provision of food,
fresh water, fuel, fiber and other
such as climate, water
and disease regulation as well as pollination;
such as soil formation
and nutrient cycling; and
such as educational, aesthetic
and cultural heritage values as well
as recreation and tourism.