Over the next year, VT Urban & Community Forestry Program (VT UCF) will be working with, SE Group, a consulting firm that specializes in community planning, to engage ten selected communities in a robust planning process to develop action-based town forest recreation plans. The planning model includes public visioning sessions, needs assessments, facilitated walks in the forests, and a plan that provides actionable strategies to assist communities in taking the next steps. In 2018, we will be developing comprehensive action-oriented town forest stewardship and recreation plans in ten communities throughout Vermont. Based on the outcomes of these diverse forests and communities, we’ll release a town forest recreation planning toolkit to support sustainable, forest-based recreation in town forests statewide.
For more information about the project; check out this episode of Across the Fence!
Summer Community Visits:
We will be back in communities this summer visiting the town forest, presenting draft plans and gathering additional feedback from the community.
June 26th – Bradford
June 28th – Middlebury
July 9th – Weatherfield
July 11th – Huntington
July 12th - Richmond
July 17th – Hardwick
July 18th – Hartford
July 19th - Hinesburg
July 24th – Marshfield
July 26th - Woodbury
Overall Project Timeline:
February to April 2018 - Plan Development
May 2018- Draft Plan to Local Steering Committee
July 2018 - Draft Plan Presentation to Community
August 2018 - Plan Finalization
September 2018 - Presentation of Final Plan to Community
October 2018 - Implementation Summit
The Ten Towns VT UCF and SE Group will be working with are:
Learn more about the project Powerpoint from the Kickoff Summit
If you have questions about the program please contact Kate Forrer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-476-2003 ext 210.
This initiative is funded in part by a grant from the USDA Forest Service and is a partnership with FPR Recreation Program; the Vermont Agency of Commerce, and Community Development; and UVM Extension’s Vermont Tourism Research Center.