Protecting Land for a Town Forest

Municipalities protect land for town forests through donations, purchases, and conservation easements. While some land conservation projects are proactive and strategically focused on known conservation values, other land acquisitions are reactive and opportunistic as local land becomes available for purchase or conservation. 

Many land trusts statewide can help secure land for municipal ownership or conservation. Consult the resource links below to learn more and access knowledgeable staff at some of these organizations. Additionally, current Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding is creating special opportunities for municipal land preservation. Contact to find out about Forest Legacy and Community Forestry Program funding through the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. 

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Interested in learning about the importance of town forest locations as wildlife corridors and essential habitat blocks? Explore Vermont Conservation Design using the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources BioFinder mapping tool and contact for more assistance.

Resources: Creating a Town Forest

All Vermont communities have the potential to own a town forest. Strong and active organizations are ready to provide technical and financial assistance to create and steward town forests.