The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the release of this first ever state-developed guidebook that presents land managers with a menu of strategies to adjust to climate change in a proactive manner. Existing forest management challenges such as invasive plants, non-native insect invaders, and protection of connected forest tracts are incorporated into these climate-smart strategies to achieve successful outcomes for future forests. Not every strategy will apply to every acre of forest land, but managers can choose relevant strategies to match various forest situations. In addition, the book describes trends in Vermont’s climate over the past 50 years and ways that forests are responding. Managers will be interested in the strategies that maximize storage of carbon in forests, ways to limit impacts of increased waterflow, and requirements for successful forest regeneration. Although much of the guidebook speaks to on-the-ground management, it also offers advice for connecting forest tracts in ways that strengthen plant and animal migration and conservation of critical habitats. Of particular interest are the specific evaluations of tree species vulnerability, adaptability, and silvicultural recommendations to buffer against climate disruptions.
This guidebook may be accessed at Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change (PDF)
“Creating and maintaining resilient forests in Vermont: Adapting forests to climate change.” May 2015. Vermont Agency of Natural Resource, Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. 102 p.