How You Can Help
you own forest land, manage it. Call your county
forester to see how woodlands of any size can be nurtured to
provide numerous benefits including wildlife
habitat and recreation opportunities.
Vermont forest and wood products. If all Vermonters choose to support Vermont’s
wood products manufacturers who use sustainable forest practices,
we demonstrate personal responsibility for the utilization, conservation
and propagation of Vermont’s forests. This also applies to
Vermont Christmas tree farms, Vermont maple syrup producers and forest specialty product businesses.
out and recreate in the woods. Get
close to nature, trees and Vermont’s
landscape to deepen your understanding and
appreciation of Vermont’s forests.
import forest pests. Don't move firewood when you travel, buy from local
sources. Know where nursery stock and
wooden packing materials originate, and dispose of them properly. If
you import trees or shrubs from other states, be sure they have
been inspected. If you observe an unfamiliar insect or disease
on a tree or shrub, contact the Forest Health
Lab (241-3606) in Waterbury for information
involved with your local tree board, conservation
commission or another natural resource related
group in your community to
inventory, plant and maintain street and shade
trees and plan for natural resources in your
town. Encourage town road crews to consider tree
health when they salt, prune or ditch. Ask that your
town plan include tree and forest conservation
Get Into the
Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program
Plant the right tree, in the right
place, the right way. When landscaping around your house, plant trees away from roads
and drives, septic tanks and utility lines. Use care when plowing
snow, mowing and weeding near trees. If you’re building a
house, plan for your landscape trees before you begin your site
work. Clear as few as possible and protect the remaining trees
from damage during construction.
reuse and recycle paper at home, work and school. Every
time you use the three R's, you are helping to preserve natural resources,
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease energy use.
Get Into the
Vermont Waste Management Division
of Vermont Recyclers
environmental education in your community. Volunteer
to help with field trips and activities through school and youth groups that
get kids outside and teach them about forests.
leaving your forest property or its development rights to a land
trust or other organization that can ensure your forests
will be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
Get Into the
Trust Alliance’s ‘Find a Land Trust Near You’
be careful with fire outdoors. Be especially watchful during
early spring before the grass greens up and when the forests are dry in late
summer and early fall.
Get Into the Forest
Vermont Forest Fire Control