Community Governance in Town Forests

Exploring Models of Community Governance in Vermont Town Forests

Community governance and leadership in town forests is of growing interest and need. VT UCF and FPR's Forestry Division, as well as other technical service providers, support municipal commissions and volunteer groups in managing town forests. To develop and provide resources to these groups, foundational questions arise about what governance models exist, what skills are required of these volunteers to best serve in their roles, and what major challenges face these committees and commissions on an operational level.

In 2021 the Northern Forest Center conducted a study and produced a report for VT UCF.  The goal of this project was to assess existing governance models and to better understand challenges in governance through interviews, surveys, and practitioner engagement.

Governance of Town Forests: Full Report to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation (September 2021)

Summary Report for Practitioners (September 2021)

Webinar Presentation: Summary of the VT Town Forest Governance Assesment (September 2021)

These reports and this project were funded by a USDA Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Grant and was developed through a partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and University of Vermont Extension.