Statutory Authority

The Vermont General Assembly has authorized the Agency of Natural Resources and its Departments to acquire lands, hold interests in lands, and conduct land management activities. Authority is vested in several statutes that collectively empower the Agency, upon approval of the Governor or General Assembly, to acquire lands, accept donations of lands or interests in lands, exchange or sell lands or interests in lands for public benefit, and to manage those lands for a variety of public purposes.

Title 3, Chapter 51, Section 2825: The primary duties of the Secretary are to coordinate the activities of the various departments and divisions of the agency for the proper development, management and preservation of Vermont's natural resources, to develop policies for the proper and beneficial development, management, and preservation of resources in harmony with the state comprehensive planning program and to promote the effective application of these policies by the departments and divisions affected.

Title 10, Chapter 83, Section 2601: Establishes the general purposes and policies to acquire and manage state lands and authorizes the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation to undertake such activities.

Title 10, Chapter 83, Section 2603: Establishes the general powers and duties of the commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation to manage state lands.

Title 10, Chapter 103, Section 4144: Authorizes the Department of Fish & Wildlife to acquire state lands.

Title 10, Chapter 103, Section 4147: Authorizes the Department of Fish & Wildlife to exchange, sell, or lease lands.

Title 10, Chapter 37, Section 905b: Authorizes the Department of Environmental Conservation to acquire and manage lands and the rights to protect the state's water resources.

Title 10, Chapter 155, Section 6301-5: Authorizes acquisition of rights less than fee of real property.