Find Your Trail: Vermont's Trail Finder Website Ready To Go!

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 and expanded online Trail Finder.

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

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.

Sinclair: Go Local For Firewood

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?

Transported firewood is a major vehicle of invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. These pests are a grave threat to our forests. Over half of Vermont’s trees are potential hosts of these invasives, and our state tree, the sugar maple, is no exception.

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  This order was issued at 3pm on May 5, 2015, and was rescinded for all other counties in Vermont on May 12, 2015.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


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