Updates from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
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New Website Launch

After nearly two years of designing and building a new VT Urban & Community Forestry Program website, we are now happy and proud to share it with you. You will find a wealth of resources, opportunities to celebrate, a listing of events, news, and ways to get involved. Have ideas or content about your community that will help us grow the site? Send us feedback! We want to cultivate connections to grow and steward trees in our communities and make Vermont a shade better.

Upcoming Tree Steward Course in Middlebury

We will be offering the SOUL Tree Steward Course this spring, in-person at the Middlebury UVM Extension Office every Wednesday; date/times are March 18 and 25, April 1 and 8 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday April 18th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We will announce course details and will open registration in the next couple of weeks. Please share widely! If interested, contact Elise Schadler.

Growing Works of Art 

A contest for grades 1-8

To help us celebrate and spread the word about Arbor Day, we are inviting students to actively participate in the celebration by creating art-inspired by trees. This year's theme is: Celebrate Vermont Town Forests. To grow works of art, students will explore and research a town forest and the benefits it brings to the community.

2014 Tree Stewards

Ever year the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council sponsors Tree Steward Awards as a way to recognize Vermont’s community tree and forests champions.
Meet the 6 Winners

Staff Update

Kate Forrer and her family welcomed a third child, Iris Lillian, in November. Kate will return full-time in March.

We bid farewell to Caitlin Cusack this month. After three years of exceptional work with VT UCF, we wish her well in her new role as a stewardship forester with the Vermont Land Trust. Check out Caitlin's farewell blog post.

This fall Mollie Klepack joined UVM Extension as the Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator; her work is directly aligned with VT UCF's programming and we are excited to have her on board! 
This winter, we'll be hiring a new Community Forestry Outreach Professional through our partnership with UVM Extension in the Burlington office. Watch for our announcement and please spread the word!

Program, Staff, and Council Member Recognized

We are proud to share some recent recognitions within the VT UCF family.

Upcoming Events

January 29
12 - 1 pm EST
VT UCF Webinar
Community Tree Risk Management
Mark Duntemann, owner of Natural Path Urban Forestry

February 2
5 - 6:30pm 

VT UCF Event
Guided Tour of UVM's Pringle Herbarium
University of Vermont (Burlington)
More events


We are happy to announce that we will have $40,000 available in our Caring for Canopy grant program for 2015. Applications will be available on February 6th. 


Looking for specifications and best practices for tree planting?  These are up-to-date and peer-reviewed in AutoCAD and PDF formats and designed specifically for green industry professionals.
Forest Pest Planning Case Studies are now available and highlight the different approaches that VT communities take to inventory their town’s ash trees and develop an EAB Preparedness Plan. 
More resources

Featured Tree

Oriental Spruce
Picea orientalis
Zone 5
Oriental spruce is elegant and underused. It can grow 50 to 60 feet tall, but 25 to 40 feet is more typical in the landscape with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. The growth habit is strongly pyramidal and the tree is densely branched. Performs best in full sun and acidic, well-drained loam, but tolerates a range of soil types as long as it has good drainage. Sensitive to drought in winter and intolerant of drying winter winds and air pollution. Best used as a specimen in a protected location.

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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.  
Our mailing address is:
1 National Life Drive. Montpelier, VT 05620

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