Planning for the “use” of forested land by most municipalities is done parcel by parcel. The objective of the statewide Forestry Stewardship Project, funded by the USDA and directed by the VT Division of Forests, is to address forest planning from an integrated approach looking at the BIG picture to keep forests intact. The goal is to maintain habitat connectivity, forest health and productivity, and ecosystem quality, and to foster strong forest products and value –added wood products industries to further economic prosperity.
To support this planning approach, CVRPC has collaborated to produce a Regional Report on strategies for municipalities, landowners, and other organizations to keep forests intact. Under the guidance of a regional Steering Committee, CVRPC used geographic information system (GIS) technology and a stakeholder engagement process to –
1)Inventory and assess forest resources,
2)Identify specific forest landscape types, and
3)Produce strategies for each landscape type that will assist regions, municipalities,and forest landowners in the objective of keeping forests as forests.
With detailed information on land use and economic trends and the composition of central Vermont’s forests, the report is able to identify various values of the forest and the potential threats to them. The report then outlines top strategies the region can pursue to protect those values. The report, and maps used to develop it, are included in links below.
CVRPC is now working with individual municipalities to develop forest stewardship goals specific to their communities, and identify and implement actions that protect the value of unfragmented forest.
Invasive Species Report: This report gives an overview of the local, regional and state-wide agencies that work to eradicate or prevent the spread of invasive species in Washington County and the species that are of the highest concern in our Region.
Web Address – http://anrmaps.vermont.gov/websites/foreststewardship/
Quick Start Guide – Quick Start Guide to Forest Stewardship Atlas – Spring 2015
How-to Guide – How-to guide for the Forest Stewardship Atlas – Spring 2015
Forest Stewardship: Regional Report
Forest Stewardship Resources
CVRPC Forest Stewardship Steering Committee
|Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District||Sophie Sauvé|
|Local Landowner||Ed Larson|
|Washington County Forester||Russ Barret|
|Vermont Land Trust||Jonathan Decker|
|Wrightsville Beach Recreation Area||Collin O’Neal|
|Audubon Vermont||Steve Hagenbuch|
|Plainfield Conservation Commission||Jan Waterman|
|Tonewood Maple||Dori Ross|
|Local Landowner & VT Converts||Roland Payne|
|Fountains Forestry-consulting forester||Jack O’Wril|
|Middlesex Conservation Commission||Dave Shepard|
|Morse Farm Sugarworks||Burr Morse|
|Vermont Wildwoods||Parker Nichols|
|Balsam Acres||Tom and Judy Lang|
|Marshfield Trails Group||Sarah Galbraith|