Public Input Needed: Designing and Facilitating Community Engagement in Town Forests

Date and Time:

May 18, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Engaging the community in the planning and stewardship of town forests is essential to achieving multiple-use and balanced integration of social values in municipally owned forests. In Vermont, public engagement takes many forms and occurs often occurs at various milestones along the process of stewarding these forestlands. This webinar will begin with an overview of tips, tools, and strategies for public engagement with the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). VCRD has facilitated community conversations in hundreds of towns and cities around the state - drawing from this experience, they will share best practices for public participation and facilitation as well as ways to invite the full community together to engage in the conversation. Then, we will hear from three town forest committee members who will share processes, approaches, and lessons learned around engaging the public in town forests. The webinar will conclude with a facilitated question and answer session to allow attendees to share their experiences and crowdsource solutions to fostering healthy public engagement and participation in town forest issues.

Presenters: Jenna Koloski and Jessica Savage, Vermont Council on Rural Development; and community panelists from Huntington, VT, and Randolph, NH

Once you are registered, you will receive an email with access information for each webinar. Webinars will be recorded and a link to the video will be emailed out to registrants. Questions? Email Kate Forrer at

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This event is part of a webinar series on stewarding Vermont town forests! Check out the other webinars here.