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Commissioner Snyder looking at a tree

Michael Snyder has served as Commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation since January 2011. Prior to that he served for 14 years as Chittenden County Forester, providing land stewardship assistance to private landowners and municipalities. He also taught, for 12 years, two courses in Forestry at the University of Vermont and wrote the “Woods Whys” column for Northern Woodlands Magazine for nearly two decades. Previously he worked in forest ecosystem science at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and in land surveying and forest management in New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Sweden. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in forestry from the University of Vermont.

Commissioner Snyder also serves as State Forester and as Chair of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative, and is a Vermont licensed forester. He represents Vermont in national outdoor recreation initiatives through the National Governor’s Association’s Outdoor Recreation Learning Network and the Confluence of States. He is the author of Woods Whys: An Exploration of Forests and Forestry, published by the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation in partnership with Bondcliff Books. He lives with his family in Stowe and owns and manages a 91-acre forest in Essex County, Vermont.

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Commissioner's Blog

Governor’s Budget Outlines Historic Funding Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation

05 February 2021
A mountain biker rides through a trail in the woods.

In his recent budget address to the legislature, Governor Scott proposed a more than $20 million investment in outdoor recreation. This major addition in one-time funding for outdoor recreation invests in both short-term recovery from COVID-19 and long-term stewardship of our public lands, human health, and the long-term health of our economy.

Foliage Report: October 13, 2020

13 October 2020
Noyes Pond at Seyon Lodge Start Park during foliage

Two words describe Vermont’s foliage this week: Beauty endures. Even as peak conditions begin to subside in much of the state, spectators will surely be struck by just how much color is hanging on.

Foliage Report: October 6, 2020

06 October 2020
Foliage at Fort Dummer State Park

Vermont is right in the heart of another storybook foliage season, with fall color now present in every part of the state as some regions move beyond peak, others come into peak, and still others are just beginning to see leaves changing. Western and southern areas and the Champlain and Connecticut Valleys are enjoying early to mid stages.

Foliage Report: September 29, 2020

29 September 2020
Foliage view at Spectacle Pond in Brighton State Park

All foliage conditions are present across Vermont this week. Splashes and bursts of color have spread to whole hillsides painted in vibrant yellows, reds, and oranges.

Michael C. Snyder
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801