Welcome! Vermont’s forests
are a valuable resource. Covering more than 4.6
million acres, Vermont is 75 percent forested,
making us the fourth most heavily forested state
in the country. This forested ecosystem provides
the basis for natural communities, wildlife habitats, scenic landscapes
and recreational opportunities. As a natural resource, forests provide
an important economic base for employment, tourism and recreation,
and support a diverse forest products industry. Livable communities
and our quality of life depend upon healthy, sustainable forests.
The Division of Forests 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 management, use and
protection of the state’s
woodlands. Our mission is fulfilled through the
broad programs of managing Agency lands, monitoring the statewide condition
of forests and helping private landowners as stewards of their forestland.
Additionally, programs assist communities in urban and community forestry;
protect forests from large-scale outbreaks of diseases, insect pests
and wildfire;, assist the wood-using industry;, and provide educational
opportunities on forestry subjects to all ages. Program highlights may
be found by viewing the individual program pages.
In 2009, we celebrated our first 100 years supporting Vermonters in their stewardship of our forests. The information, resources and recommendations contained here will help you help us in our efforts to wisely and actively manage our forests, ensuring their health and productivity for generations to come.