Healthy forests are at the heart of activities
conducted by the Forest Resource Protection Section.
Our main focus is monitoring forest condition,
and protecting resource loss from wildfire, outbreaks
of diseases and insect pests, and other major disturbances.
Our two major program areas are:
Forest Fire Control
Assistance is provided to protect people, property, and natural resources
from uncontrolled wildfire in rural Vermont by working with town Forest
Fire Wardens, regional partners in the Northeast Forest Fire Protection
Commission and federal agencies.
Technical support and specialized forest fire fighting equipment are
provided, by request, to assist towns in suppressing large or difficult
Debris burning is the most common cause of wildland fires in Vermont.
Burning permits, which are issued by the town fire wardens, and education
efforts help prevent forest fire starts.
Training courses are presented by Forest Protection
Specialists to town firefighters and other fire
service organizations, in cooperation with the
Vermont Fire Academy and the US Forest Service.
Forest Health, Insects and Diseases
The health of Vermont’s forest resource is
monitored by periodic measurements of tree condition
and other ecosystem parameters like soils, indicator
plants, and vegetation structure.
Forest insects, disease pests, or other biotic and abiotic stressors
can damage timber, sugarbush, urban forest, Christmas tree and non-commercial
forest resources. These are monitored and managed to prevent significant
losses through information programs and technical assistance.
The Forest Biology Laboratory supports forest health assessments and
management through research, public education,
and extension activities, including maintaining insect and disease records,
and responding to
requests for diagnoses and recommendations.
The Vermont Division of Forestry is a major partner in the Vermont
Monitoring Cooperative, a network of cooperators from government, academic
and private sectors who pool information on Vermont’s forest ecosystem,
and conduct studies at two intensive monitoring sites.