Updates from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
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SOUL Goes to Springfield

Are you passionate about trees and want to make a difference in your community?

The Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) Tree Steward Program trains stewards and advocates for the trees, forests, and green spaces in which we live, work, and play. With 15 years of course offerings and more than 400 program participants, this educational and community leadership training is a great opportunity for Vermont citizens.

Program dates: Saturday, October 3rd & 24th (9am-4pm) & Wednesday, October 7th & 14th (5:30-7:30pm). Questions? Contact Gwen at 802-656-6646 or

Vermont Tree Stewards Conference: Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities

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Our fourth annual Vermont Tree Stewards Conference will be held on Saturday, October 10th in downtown Bristol.  The full-day program is designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for SOUL Tree Stewards, Forest Pest First Detectors, Tree Wardens, town staff, students, and anyone else caring for (or about!) trees at the local level.  This year's theme is Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities; check out our conference webpage for the agenda and registration information.  Questions?  Email

Explore Vermont's Town Forests This Fall

Fall is a wonderful time to be out in the woods!  What better way to experience the woods then to discover a town forest?  Check out these fun-filled upcoming town forest events:

The Hinesburg Trails and Town Forest Committees are encouraging residents to get acquainted with their two town forests during the week of September 21st-26th with a Story Walk in the LaPlatte Town Forest and a family friendly Scavenger Hunt in the Hinesburg Town Forest.

Calling all cyclists - join us on Saturday, October 3rd for the Town Forest Trek, a guided bicycle tour through the rolling hills of Calais and East Montpelier with stops at three town forests.

Inspire your students to take a walk in the woods of Vermont and write for cash prizes!  Help spread the word about the Young Writers Project:Town Forest Challenge.  Deadline for submissions is October 16th.

Don't forget to mark your calender's for Community Conservation Summit: Celebrating 100 years of Town Forests on Saturday, November 7th.

Have an event planned in your town forest this fall?  Add your event to the calendar!

Latest News & Resources

Upcoming Events

September 19-20
Woodland Retreat
Groton, VT

September 26
Hartford Tree Walk
Hartford, VT

September 30
Burlington Awesome Tree Contest
Burlington, VT

October 3-24
SOUL Tree Steward Training

Springfield, VT

October 9 - 11
Women's Tree Climbing Workshop

Petersham, MA

October 10
Annual Tree Stewards Conference

Bristol, VT

October 25 - 27
New England ISA's 48th Annual Conference

North Conway, NH

November 7
Community Conservation Summit

Randolph, VT
More events

Forest Health Update

Check out the latest update. August conditions: hot & dry.

Feature Resource

Last week we teamed up with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Agency of Transportation to present on 'Complete Streets are Green Streets', and we provided participants with a packet of resources that will help Vermont communities realize the potential for ‘complete’ and ‘green’ streets.

Feature Tree

Sassafras albidum
Zone 5

Sassafras reaches its northern limit in southwestern Vermont. It has very interesting leaves with three distinctive forms: single, mitten-shaped and three lobed. It can have spectacular fall foliage with a blend of bright yellow, gold, orange, red, and red-purple hues in mid-autumn. It prefers acidic, well drained soils. It has limited availability and is prone to sucker growth from roots. Find more trees in our Tree Selection Tool.  Photo credit: Virginia Tech.
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