While some foresters spend their days among the trees of state forests and natural areas, other foresters focus on the trees in our urban and community spaces. Our urban forests fulfill an important role in our environment and merit careful stewardship. They are the trees in our public parks, town greens, and town forests, as well as those along our urban and rural roadsides.
The staff of the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry (VT UCF) program work collaboratively between the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, the University of Vermont Extension, and the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry. The program provides technical and financial assistance, educational programs, and products to arborists that help guide the management of trees and forests in Vermont communities.
Since 1991, the Vermont UCF program has been guided by a twenty-member advisory council that meets quarterly to share information and advise the program. Its members come from professional associations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, tree boards, regional officials, and state agencies.
Find more information and ways to get involved in urban forestry at the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program website at vtcommunityforestry.org.