Town Forest Recreation Planning Initiative

We are pleased to announce a new initiative to support recreation planning in Vermont’s Town Forests.

Over the next three years, the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, with partners, will be working to develop a collaborative, innovative, and integrated approach to increase community capacity to plan for forest-based recreation, improve the health and management of our town forests, and encourage forest stewardship on private forestland. Through this work, we will strengthen resources to support sustainable town forest stewardship through developing a suite of educational tools that provide a replicable framework and capture examples of town forest recreation planning across Vermont.  

Town Forest Recreation Planning Community Assistance Program offers community planning assistance to Vermont communities interested in addressing issues and opportunities in the use and stewardship of their town forest. 

Town Forest Recreational Planning Summit was a one-day gathering held in January 2017 to gather feedback from stakeholders and partners on the needs around town forest recreation planning in Vermont.  This feedback was instrumental to the development of the Town Forest Recreation Planning Community Assistance Program and will be used to inform future project deliverables. A summary report is available upon request. Please contact Kate Forrer at, 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 Agency of Commerce, and Community Development; and UVM Extension’s Vermont Tourism Research Center.