Town Forest Recreation Planning


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, 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.