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

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!

Next Round of Community Visits Announced:

See schedule below for the dates we will be back in communities visiting the town forest and sharing draft plans!

June 26th - Bradford
June 28th - Middlebury
July 9th - Weatherfield
July 11th - Huntington
July 17th - Hardwick
July 18th - Hartford
July 19th - Hinesburg
July 24th - Marshfield
July 25th - Richmond
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 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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