Breathe It In! Vermont State Parks Open for the Season

As the unofficial start to the summer season, Memorial Day Weekend marks the re-opening of Vermont’s legendary state parks.

Vermont’s 52 state parks offer a wide variety of day use activities (such as boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking and hiking) and camping experiences, including drive-in camp sites, lean-to’s, cabins, cottages, remote campsites, group camping areas, and an inn-style lodge.  Every park and site is surrounded by Vermont’s beautiful mountains, lakes, forests and fields.

Burn Ban Will Expire May 19th for all VT Counties

As of 3 pm on May 19, 2015, the order directing the Town Forest Fire Wardens to cease issuing open burning permits in Bennington and Windham counties will expire.  This order was issued at 3pm on May 5, 2015, and was rescinded for all other counties in Vermont on May 12, 2015.  The valleys and low to mid-slopes in the southernmost 2 counties are complete in their green-up, and the higher elevations are well along in this process.  As a result, the fire danger indices for most of Bennington and Windham counties are levels low enough to warrant removal of this order. 


New Forestry Guidebook Focuses On Preparing For Climate Disruptions

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 var

Burn Ban Rescinded for All of Vermont Except Bennington and Windham Counties

As of 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation is rescinding the statewide order directing the Town Forest Fire Wardens to cease issuing open burning permits for all Vermont counties except Bennington and Windham.  This order was issued at 3:00 pm on May 5, 2015.  Widespread soaking rain over the last 2 days and progress in leaf-out and greening of the State’s vegetation has reduced the fire danger concerns to levels low enough to warrant the removal of this order for much of the state. 


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.

New State Forest to be Created and Named After Sen. Jim Jeffords

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.


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