On behalf of the State of Vermont, the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) manages state-owned land for a variety of purposes, ranging from the protection of important natural resources to public uses of land. The Agency of Natural Resources plans for the management of its state-owned lands through the development of long-range management plans (LRMP). Planning processes are important for guiding the allocation of resources, such as where and what types of recreation occur, where and how timber is harvested, and the management of wildlife habitats. A comprehensive planning process is critical when such diverse interests are at stake.
The Planning Process
Long-range management plans are a complex undertaking, involving the collection and analysis of a great deal of information including scientific assessments and input from the public. The plans include the following components:
- resource inventories
- goal setting
- public involvement
- implementation strategies and actions
- monitoring and evaluation
The purpose of public involvement is not to institute majority-rule management of public land. However, in developing management plans, every effort will be made to include suggestions which are compatible with the ANR and its department's missions; compatible with ANR lands management principles and goals; and which are fiscally realistic. The ANR will explain the extent to which public comments influence ANR lands management activities. Explanations may include a summary of how public comments were or were not incorporated into management plans.
Each of the ANR's five district offices prepare an Annual Stewardship Plan which describes all planned stewardship activities for ANR lands in the District for the upcoming year. The annual stewardship plans are developed by the District Stewardship Team which includes staff from the Departments of Fish and Wildlife; Forests, Parks and Recreation; and Environmental Conservation. The main purpose of the Annual Stewardship Plans is to document progress on implementing long-range management plans. The annual stewardship plans undergo a thorough review within the Agency and are ultimately approved by the ANR Lands Stewardship Team.
For more information about a particular annual stewardship plan, please contact the District Office responsible for managing those ANR lands you are interested in.