Hinesburg Town Forest
The 837 acre Hinesburg Town Forest, one of two Town Forests in Hinesburg, was acquired by the Town of Hinesburg beginning in 1936. Over the past three quarters of a century, what were open fields and pastures have succeeded into woodlands and combined with older farm woodlots and hedgerows to form a diverse forest. Since the early years of its existence, the Hinesburg Town Forest has been managed by the State's Chittenden County Foresters and Hinesburg's Town Forest Committee primarily for timber, firewood, wildlife habitat and recreation. More recently, recreational use has expanded through the development of a popular multi-use trail network created and stewarded by the Fellowship of the Wheel for mountain biking, hiking and running. The Town Forest is used and appreciated by an increasing number of visitors both from Hinesburg and beyond. Uses include, but are not limited to: hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, horsebackriding, birding, wildlife viewing, riding ATV's, hunting, dog walking, timber and wildlife habitat management, scientific study and educational walks and tours. The community of Hineburg is interested in understanding the extent of these various uses in the forest and any potential impacts these uses are have on the forest resource.
Community Meetings and Project Timeline:
January 31, 2018 - Town Forest Public Visioning Open House
July 2018 - Draft Plan Presentation to Community
September 2018 - Presentation of Final Plan to Community