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

We continue to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Vermont's Municipal Forest Act and the benefits that town forests provide. In collaboration with our partners, we kicked off the celebration at the State House with a resolution, an Arbor Day proclamation highlighting town forests with Governor Shumlin, a community Arbor Day Celebration in Bradford's Wright's Mountain Town Forest, our town forest themed Growing Works of Art Contest, an Across the Fence episode on WCAX featuring our contest winners, and many local events. The celebration has attracted media attention and some great stories are being told. Check out a recent WCAX story on Barre City's Forest.

The celebration continues over the next few months with a Young Writers Project Town Forest Challenge, a Voices Project featuring town forest stories, the return of the Town Forest Trek, a town forest heroes recognition program, and culminating with a Community Conservation Summit at Vermont Technical College on Saturday, November 7th.  In the meantime, we invite you to get out into a town forest- find a forest near you!

Caring for Canopy Grant Recipients

Our 2015 grant recipients are taking the necessary actions to develop and sustain a community‐wide tree programs.  Congratulations to the 19 grant recipients! 

Final reports are coming in from our 2014 grant recipients. Check out the story and picture (left) from the Old Stone House Museum.

Welcome Vermont's Newest Forest Pest First Detectors

A crew of 18 individuals representing 18 different towns attended the most recent Forest Pest First Detector training in Montpelier. They join a network of over 140+ volunteers trained to inform the public about the tangible threat invasive pests pose, prepare their communities for a response in the event of an infestation, and screen potential pest sightings. Want to join the team? Attend the next training on September 12th!

Inventories: Off and Tallying 

We kicked off a busy season of community tree inventories last week in Hinesburg. You may also see us and FPR foresters in Springfield, Rockingham, Brattleboro, Milton, St. Albans, Lyndon and Barre City. So far - we are still smiling.  Check out the reports from last years round of inventories and the Burlington Free Press coverage of our inventory work.  

SOUL Goes to Springfield

Are you passionate about trees & 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 (5-7pm). Questions? Email Gwen at

Latest News & Resources

Upcoming Events

August 7
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tour of the Black Gum Swamps of Vernon's Miller Memorial Town Forest
Vernon, VT

September 9
8 am - 4:15 pm

State Government Municipal Day
Montpelier, VT

September 11 - 13
Vermont Coverts Cooperative Training

Mount Holly, VT

September 12
9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Forest Pest First Detector Training

Manchester, VT 

September 19-20
Woodland Retreat

Groton, VT

September 21 - 23
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

Montpelier, VT

October 3-14
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

VT UCF Staff Update

This summer Jared Maher is working with us as intern. Jared is a student at UVM in environmental studies and is interested in urban ecology. He has already completed a literature search on rural roadside vegetation management and urban right-of-way green design. With a background in videography, he is now helping us capture stories about the next 100 years of Vermont town forests and actions Vermont town forest managers and stewards are taking to adapt forests to climate change. 

Forest Health Update

Check out the latest update. June was in one word: Wet. 
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