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!

The Ten Towns VT UCF and SE Group worked with include: 


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.