May 5, 2015 - After a warm, dry weekend and a Red Flag warning yesterday that ended with more than 25 new reports of wild fires, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) has issued an order for all of the state's forest fire wardens to cease issuing burning permits as of 3:00 P.M. on May 5th through May 19th. A Red Flag warning means there are critical fire weather conditions including low relative humidity, high winds and little to no precipitation. Fires that ignite during these conditions spread rapidly and with high intensity.
Draft Kingdom Heritage Lands Recreation Management Updates for Public Review
Updated proposals for managing hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding across much of the Kingdom Heritage Lands of northeastern Vermont will be available for public comment online and in a public meeting on April 9, 2015.
MONTPELIER – The Vermont State Parks invite you to participate in their 2015 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge, which will run from April 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015. The program involves an outdoor scavenger hunt for children and adults alike, and includes activities such as identifying amphibians, mapping GPS coordinates, and making camp supplies out of found materials.
A new 1,346-acre State Forest will be created in former Sen. Jim Jeffords’ hometown of Shrewsbury and will be named after the late senator, The Trust for Public Land and the State of Vermont announced today.
“This will be an enduring and well-deserved tribute to Senator Jeffords’ long legacy of environmental stewardship and land conservation,” said Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation.
$40,000 is available in 2015 for our Communities Caring for Tree Canopy Grants. These grants help communities care for tree canopy by taking the necessary actions to developing and sustaining a community‐wide tree program.
To help us celebrate and spread the word about Arbor Day, we are inviting students to actively participate in the celebration by creating art-inspired by trees. This year's theme is: Celebrate Vermont Town Forests. To grow works of art, students will explore and research a town forest and the benefits it brings to the community.
The 2014 Vermont Tree Stewards Awards Winners have been announced. Every year the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council sponsors Tree Steward Awards as a way to recognize Vermont’s community tree and forests champions. The 2014 winners were honored at the Vermont Statehouse on December 17th. Meet the winners.
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that Commissioner Michael Snyder has adopted a set of voluntary harvesting guidelines for private landowners to help ensure long-term forest health and sustainability.
Off-Season Day Use
Looking to visit for the day, maybe for some snowshoeing or some sledding? You are welcome to enter the parks for day use anytime, just keep in mind the following:
MONTPELIER - On Saturday, September 27th, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation's Urban and Community Forestry Program, in coordination with the UVM Extension, Northeastern States Research Cooperative, Northern Forest Center, Trust for Public Land, UVM Environmental Program, UVM Historic Preservation Program, and Vermont Land Trust, will host Forests for the People: The Return of the Town Forest Summit from 8:30am until 4pm at the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School in Barre, VT. A full day of celebration, sharing, and networking will be offered including stori