Updates from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
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Town Forest Centennial Celebration

Last month the Association of Vermont Conservation Commission hosted its annual Conservation Summit in cooperation with the Town Forest Partnership to celebrate 100 years of town forests in Vermont. The full-day conference featured several concurrent trainings and presentations related to themes of managing natural resources and telling the story of Vermont stewardship and conservation efforts. Centennial Town Forest Awards were given to one community in each county statewide to highlight model town forests; check out the award winners here.  The conference concluded with essays read by the winners of The Young Writers Project Town Forest Challenge; students grades 3-12 were encouraged to get out, explore their town forest, and then write about its natural history, uses, and value. Check out the winning stories here!  Want more? Click here for event photos from the event!

The Voices Project

The Voices Project celebrates the passion, knowledge, and will of people who work hard and smart to create, protect, and manage Vermont's urban and community forests.
We kicked off this new initiative in 2015 with a focus on town forests in celebration of the centennial of Vermont's Municipal Forest Act and 25 years of USDA Forest Legacy, Forest Stewardship and Urban and Community Forestry. In Vermont, there are over 67,000 acres of forestland owned by 168 municipalities, all open to the public to enjoy. Meet three Vermonters who work for our town forests.

We hope to continue to grow our collection of voices to celebrate the diverse people and places that make Vermont - and its trees.

Thousands of Vermont Community Trees

VT UCF is currently working on the Care of the Urban Forest project, funded by a grant from the USDA Forest Service, to assist twenty priority communities in moving their urban forestry programs forward in three specific ways: completing a public tree inventory, developing an urban forest action plan, and providing technical training for the town employees and volunteers who maintain public trees. This summer, with the help of district staff with the Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation and community volunteers, we completed 9 inventories and 7 technical tree trainings. Learn more here!

VT UCF Attends Partners in Community Forestry Conference

Danielle, Elise, and Gwen recently traveled to Denver, CO to participate in the annual Partners in Community Forestry Conference, hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation. We engaged with national and international leaders in urban forestry and heard about the community forestry successes, challenges, and lessons from cities nationwide. Now back home, we look forward to implementing new ideas and fresh perspective to help Vermont's urban forests thrive. Below are takeaways from each staff:.
Danielle: iTree has a lot of new tools and features to help us assess urban and community forests. Check out the updates and don't miss the upcoming webinar series.
Elise: Research presented on better understanding Urban Heat Islands and how TreePittsburgh has approached working with communities to develop specific and collaborative urban forest plans.
Gwen: Check out the latest research on the human dimensions of urban forestry.

Latest News & Resources

Upcoming Events

December 11
Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Annual Meeting


December 11
Water Works: VT Planners Association Fall Meeting

St. Albans

December 16
iTree Landscape

Check out the whole iTree series

January 13 & 14
MA Tree Warden and Foresters Association Meeting

Sturnbridge, MA

February 12
GreenWorks Annual Meeting

More events

Featured Resource

The wood from urban and municipal trees has long been seen as an underutilized resource. Urban wood use could be a component of a good, solid urban forestry program. Read the publication from CT here.

Lunchtime Webinar Series Returns

Stay tuned for more details on our popular lunchtime webinar series that starts back up in January! Previous topics include management considerations for EAB, Climate Change & VT's Forests, and more! Check out last year's archived webinars.

Gary Speaks for the Trees

Gary Salmon is the Tree Warden from Sailsbury and a retired forester with the Department. of Forests, Parks, & Recreation. In this column, he shares his incredible knowledge and passion for trees. Click here to read 'Tree Health, a Concern for All'.

Featured Tree

Balsam Fir
In the spirit of the holiday season, our feature tree is balsam fir. While it often performs poorly under landscape conditions it is an economically and ecologically important tree in Vermont. Learn more at the VT Center for Ecosystem Studies.

NEW! Vermont Green Infrastructure Toolkit

The Vermont Association for Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA) through a grant with VT UCF, recently published the Green Infrastructure Toolkit for Vermont Municipalities. The toolkit is packed with information useful to Vermont municipalities to explore how to promote the adoption of Green Infrastructure policies and practices to combat the problems caused by urban, suburban, and rural stormwater runoff.
TREEmail is brought to you by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program, an initiative of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension. Visit our website, WWW.VTCOMMUNITYFORESTRY.ORG. TREEmail is made possible in part by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.  
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