Voices Project

The Voices Project celebrates the passion, knowledge, and will of people who work hard and smart to create, protect, and manage Vermont's urban and community forests.

We kicked off the Voices Project in 2015 with a focus on town forests in celebration of the centennial of Vermont's Municipal Forest Act  and 25 years of USDA Forest Legacy, Forest Stewardship and Urban and Community Forestry. We hope to continue to grow our collection of voices to celebrate the diverse people and places that make Vermont - and its trees - so special. 

Town Forests for the People, by the People.

In Vermont, there are over 67,000 acres of forestland owned by 168 municipalities, all open to the public to enjoy. Meet three Vermonters who work for our town forests. 

Robert Turner is a forester who joyfully shares his appreciation for the natural beauty and cultural significance of the Starksboro Town Forest with people of all ages. Meet Robert.

Listen to Robert's story


Andrea Morgante values everything Hinesburg’s town forests offer, and understands the value of sustainably managing these precious resources. Meet Andrea.

Listen to Andrea's story


Al Robertson found joy hiking the forests while stationed in Germany, and this was his inspiration to acquire, manage, and donate 60 acres of forest in Sheffield. Meet Al.

Listen to Al's story


All Vermont communities have the potential to own and manage a town forest. Learn more.

Find your town forest here.

The town forest Voices Project was produced in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and the Vermont Town Forest Centennial Celebration Committee. Celebrating 25 years of USDA Forest Legacy, Forest Stewardship and Urban and Community Forestry and 100 years of town forests in Vermont.