The field of forestry management not only includes Vermont’s natural areas and forests, but also urban and rural spaces where trees fulfill an important role. Our urban and community forests comprise the trees in our public parks, town greens, and municipal forests, as well as those found along roadsides; all of which merit careful stewardship. The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry (VT UCF) program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, the University of Vermont Extension, and the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry. This program provides technical and financial assistance as well as educational programs and products for the management of trees and forests in and around Vermont communities. The mission of VT UCF is to educate citizens, businesses, and governments in understanding the value of urban and community forests and promote civic responsibility for and participation in the stewardship of these resources for this and future generations.
Since 1991, the program has been guided by a small staff and a twenty-member advisory council. The council meets quarterly to share information and advise the program; its members come from various professional associations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, tree boards, regional offices, and state agencies.
VT UCF hosts another website where many of these pages link to.