Town Forest Recreation Planning

  • The 10 Towns Gather for First Steering Committee Meeting with SE Group in Bethel, VT
  • The 10 Towns Gather for First Steering Committee Meeting with SE Group in Bethel, VT
  • The 10 Towns Gather for First Steering Committee Meeting with SE Group in Bethel, VT
  • The 10 Towns Gather for First Steering Committee Meeting with SE Group in Bethel, VT

Take the Public Visioning Survey

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 Accross the Fence!

Project Timeline: 

January 2018 - Community Visits & Public Visioning Workshops 

  • January 9th- Weathersfield
  • January 17th- Bradford
  • January 18th- Richmond
  • January 22nd- Marshfield
  • January 23rd- Hartford
  • January 24th- Hardwick
  • January 25th- Woodbury
  • January 29th- Middlebury
  • January 30th- Huntington
  • January 31st- Hinesburg

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 from the most recent 10 community meeting; Powerpoint from the Kickoff Summit 

If you have questions about the program please contact Kate Forrer at katherine.forrer@uvm.edu, 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.

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