Town Forest Recreation Planning

In 2018, VT Urban & Community Forestry Program (VT UCF) worked 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 included 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.We developed comprehensive action-oriented town forest recreation plans in ten communities throughout Vermont.

Based on the outcomes of these diverse forests and communities, we have also developed 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!


If you have questions about the program, 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 Vermont Agency of Commerce, and Community Development; and UVM Extension’s Vermont Tourism Research Center.