Vermont’s Forest Action Plan

Mountain VeiwThe Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) has the statutory authority to assess the state’s forest resources and guide the department in fulfilling program responsibilities. In addition, the 2008 US Farm Bill required each state to complete a state assessment and develop resource strategies in order to receive funds from the US Forest Service under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (CFAA). The Vermont Division of Forests currently receives about 25% of its funding through the CFAA for the following programs: Forest Stewardship, Urban and Community Forestry, Forest Legacy Administration, Fire Assistance, and Forest Health Monitoring.

On June 17, 2010 the FPR submitted “The 2010 Vermont Forest Resources Plan - State Assessment and Resource Strategies to the US Forest Service.” The Plan lays out future actions in the following areas:

Desired Future Condition 1: Biological Diversity
Conserve biological diversity across all landscapes.
Desired Future Condition 2: Forest Health and Productivity
Maintain and enhance forest ecosystem health and productivity.
Desired Future Condition 3: Forest Products and Ecosystem Services
Maintain and enhance forest contribution to ecosystem services.
Desired Future Condition 4: Land Ethic
Maintain and enhance an ethic of respect for the land, sustainable use and exemplary management.
Desired Future Condition 5: Legal, Institutional and Economic Framework
Vermont has a legal, institutional and economic framework in place for forest conservation and sustainability

As with previous Forest Resources Plans, this Plan was built on a foundation of partnerships critical to meeting FPR’s vision for the future. FPR looks forward to working with all Vermonters to implement the strategies outlined in therein.

Vermont's Forest Action Plan

Plan Components

FPR is in the process of updating the Plan for September 2015.