June 2, 2015

This report was prepared by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation pursuant to Section 2 of Act 118 of 2014 with assistance from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Office of Planning and Legal Affairs in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, 1 National Life Drive Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3802.

June 2, 2015

Just in time for National Trails Day, a newly improved Trail Finder is packed with adventures and ready for planning hiking, biking, running or other trail experiences.  The Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation have joined together with the Center for Community GIS to create a new

May 28, 2015

Following doctor’s orders is about to get more fun thanks to a new initiative announced today by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Under the new “Park Prescription” program, physicians around the state will prescribe to their patients time outdoors in Vermont State Parks as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic health issues.  

May 22, 2015

Forest Pest First Detector Training - Saturday, June 13th, 9:30am - 4:15pm, Montpelier

Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help!

First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations.  The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday June 13th, 2015.

May 20, 2015

from the Rutland Herald, May 10, 2015

The locavore movement in Vermont is strong, whether vegetables, meat, craft beer or goods and services. I am here to promote the same approach in the purchase and burning of firewood. Why is this important?

May 20, 2015

Give a hoot… don’t pollute!… And visit the awesome exhibit Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, this summer.

May 19, 2015

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

May 18, 2015

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  This order was issued at 3pm on May 5, 2015, and was rescinded for all other counties in Vermont on May 12, 2015.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 an

May 15, 2015

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 strate

May 12, 2015

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


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