Act 171 Forest Integrity Study Committee

The Forest Integrity Study Committee was established as a result of the legislative charge in Sec.18 of Act 171. The committee studies potential revisions to 10 V.S.A. chapter 151 (Act 250) and to 24 V.S.A. chapter 117, subchapter 7 (bylaws) in order to better protect forests from fragmentation and promote habitat connectivity between forest lands. Meetings are open to the public.

Contact FPR Commissioner Michael Snyder with any questions or comments pertaining to meeting material. Search the Vermont General Assembly website to find updates on the status of legislation related to forest health and integrity.

Final report

Submitted February 9, 2017 to:

The House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife
The House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry
The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

Relevant Legislative Action

Meeting Materials: December 13, 2016

Meeting Materials: November 18, 2016

Meeting Materials: October 18, 2016

Meeting Materials: September 13, 2016

Meeting Materials: August 18, 2016

Presentation #1: Vermont Forests: History, Functions, and Landscape Planning

John Austin, Lands and Habitat Program Manager, Department of Fish & Wildlife 
Eric Sorenson, Natural Communities Ecologist, Department of Fish & Wildlife
Kim Royar, Special Assistant to the FW Commissioner

Presentation #2A Primer on Act 250 and Forest Land Use: Selected Portions of the Act 250 Statute

Peter Gill, Associate General Counsel, Natural Resources Board

Presentation #3A Primer on Municipal Regulation and Land Use Planning in Vermont

John Adams, Agency of Commerce & Community Development

Background Reports