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Meet Danielle Fitzko, Vermont's new Director of Forests. Story by Christine McGowan, Forest Program Director.

Danielle, or Danny to her friends and colleagues, spent the last 15 years building the Urban and Community Forestry Program, designed to help communities plan ... read more


VWA has been participating in a project with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and the Friends of the Winooski known as Water Wise Woodlands.

Woods, Wildlife, & Warblers, a 4-county initiative, offers technical assistance to woodland owners in the counties of Rutland, Bennington, Windsor, and Windham. Our recent webinar series videos are available for download and viewing.

Getting Started in Your Woods presented by Kate Forrer, Community Forest Specialist with UVM Extension, Caroline Keubler and Elizabeth Vranas, American Forest Foundation

Common Invasive Plants of Vermont: Identification, Impacts and What We Can Do presented by Elizabeth Spinney, Invasive Plant Coordinator, VT FPR

Managing Wildlife Habitat and Resources for Landowners: Andrea Shortsleeve, VT Fish & Wildlife Dept.

Adapting Forests to Climate Change – Healthy Forests are Not a Luxury (see photo right)

By Keith Thompson and Joanne Garton

The two dry summers of 2016 and 2017 marked a challenging time for trees. Lack of water, high temperatures, and dry soils added to the growing list of environmental stressors that often tax Vermont’s forests.  Sometimes, stress can trigger development of larger-than-average seed crops, and by most reports, the maple seed crop of 2017 was massive.  All over Vermont, maple seedlings sprung from the moist soils that followed snow melt this past spring.... Read full article on Adapting Forests to Climate Change.

A letter from FPR Commissioner Michael Snyder on ACT 47, passed to address potential changes to ACT 250 Review: the next 50 years.

Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont (Revised August 2018)

Heavy Cut Law: An Intent-to-Cut Notification must be submitted to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation ONLY IF a landowner plans to conduct a HEAVY CUT of FORTY ACRES or more.

Timber Harvesting in Vermont - Summary of Laws and Regulations

Forestry and Wood Products Machinery, Equipment, and Repair Parts:

Beginning July 1, 2017, specific types of equipment and repair parts are exempt from the Vermont Sales and Use Tax.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE from ejc Consulting 


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Attachments: Summary and Timeline for ACT 171 an act relating to timber harvesting.

Recent reports from Dept of Forests, Parks & Recreation:

H. 857- Timber Harvesting Notification

H. 552-Threatened and Endangered Species

H.789-Forest Integrity

H. 854-Timber Trespass

County Forester Report

Sugarbush Report

AMP Report & Rulemaking

H.851-Right to Conduct Forestry Operations

Forest Fragmentation Report & Forest Health and Integrity Report

Proposed State Rule Amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont. The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is now accepting public comments on the proposed state rule amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont. Public Comments Are Due By February 16, 2016.

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2015 Tax Year
by Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, U.S. Forest Service

Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2015.

Changes to the Land Use Change Tax Calculation and the Temporary “Easy Out” for Withdrawing Land
The 2015 legislative session brought several changes regarding Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (UVA aka “Current Use”) program. A summary of these changes is in the link above, but perhaps the biggest change relates to how the Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) is to be calculated and a temporary “Easy Out” period in which landowners can remove an entire parcel, or portion of a parcel, without paying the full LUCT liability.

2015 Vermont Forest Fragmentation Report to the Vermont Legislature. This report was prepared by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation pursuant to Section 2 of Act 118 of 2014 with assistance from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Office of Planning and Legal Affairs in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

About My Woods, a free smartphone app, is now available for download.  Woodland owners in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York now have a new tool to help learn about their woods.

Available for both Android and iPhones (and tablets), you can access the app by going to the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android) and simply typing "About My Woods" in the search bar.

Vermont Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines: In 2013, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 24 that directed the Commissioner of the Department Forests, Parks and Recreation to develop voluntary harvesting guidelines in support of forest health and sustainability by January 15, 2015.

Invasive Alder Briefing –USDA Conservation Projects in Vermont (November 2014)

The National Timber Tax Website-Tax Management for Timberland Owners (includes Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2014 Tax Year & Forest Landowners Guide to the Federal Income Tax

Current Use Fee Change: The application fee for the Current Use Program, also known as the Use Value Appraisal Program, has changed. The Use Value Appraisal Application (CU-301) fee rises to $90.00 for any application received on or after July 1, 2014.

S.100 Forest Integrity (w/amendment), and H.329 Current Use Bill Updates

Economic Importance of Vermont's Forest-based Economy, 2013. NESFA

Ice Storm Damage Assessments Underway in Vermont from December 2013 Ice Storm

Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) announced the release of available grant funds to invest into agricultural, forestry and forest product enterprises and organizations. Applications are available at along with tools and resources to assist applicants.

Agricultural land, Forest Land, Conservation Land & Farm Buildings Use Value Appraisal Program (Current Use)

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The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to female woodland owners and forest practitioners.

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Discover the Forest
This PSA campaign aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand.
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My Land
A resource for woodland owners, by woodland owners to help you protect and enjoy your woods.

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ImapInvasives website for tracking invasive plants and insects in Vermont.

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Ash Management Guidance for Forest Managers
April 2012 Vermont Forest Health publication, VT FPR

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Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Newest U.S. Forest Service timber tax publication with landowners most FAQs. Download here>>

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Policy on Forest Management Plans and Amendments for Land Enrolled in Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program (UVA) Related to Emerald Ash Borer
September 16, 2011 (modified October 3, 2011)

Here is information about Use Value Appraisal plans and activities in view of the eventual arrival of Emerald Ash Borer>>>>

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New Publication on Harvesting Biomass from Your Woods

UMass Extension has a new publication aimed at landowners who have concerns about harvesting biomass from their woodlands. "Harvesting Biomass from Your Woods: Make an Informed Decision" explains, in eight pages, what biomass is generally used for, what a biomass harvest entails, and its effect on aesthetics, wildlife, and forest soils. The publication also provides guidelines for such harvests. It can be downloaded here. 

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Updated Guidelines for Instream Work

This link will take you to the webpage with links to updated guidelines for Instream Work, Culvert Replacement and more stream restoration information.

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Storm Recovery Resources from VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation

The Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation has information on their website for storm resources. The website will be updated regularly so please visit it often to see what might be available to help forest landowners with storm recovery.

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Vermont County Forester List & Brochure (2014)

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The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is offering "Don't Move Firewood" customizable tools on the state firewood website A "Don't Move Firewood" poster is also available.

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Download “The Nature Conservancy Fact Sheets on Vermont’s Invasive Plants”


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UNH Cooperative Extension has published the second edition of a keystone forestry publication Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices in New Hampshire. It is available for free on-line at Ordering information for the hard copy is there as well.

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Vermont Working Landscape Partnership Program

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is facilitating a non-partisan and broad-based partnership to support local agriculture and forestry, grow and attract farm and forest entrepreneurs, and conserve Vermont’s Working Landscape far into the future.

The Vermont Woodlands Association is an organization partner in the Working Landscape Partnership. Consider joining the partnership as an individual.

Watch the Vermont's Working Landscape: Keeping it Vital video


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NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service). For access to cost share programs through the
Farm Bill, like EQIP, contact your local NRCS office.

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New Vermont Wetland Rules Available.
The Agency of Natural Resources has released the new Vermont Wetlands Rules. You can also visit

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Maple Opportunities
If you have a maple stand that is not tapped and would like to explore leasing opportunities, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association is looking for trees to tap. You can contact VMSMA at

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Estate Planning for Forest Landowners Brochure Available
The document "Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?" has been finalized an the electronic version was posted on the web.  This document replaces the September 1993 document of the same name.  The link to the pdf document is:  For more information please contact Neal Bungard at the US Forestry Service at

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Vermont WildWoods is looking for forest-salvaged butternut. 

We are looking to speak with any landowners who have diseased and dead butternut logs in their woodlands to potentially buy those logs.  We only work with landowners who will agree to leave and not cut any healthy butternut trees in hopes of finding a disease resistant strain of trees. We have been collecting landowner records of potentially healthy butternut trees for 10 years and are starting to work with UVM School of Forestry to give them that information.

We are buying logs year round, and need 1000 board feet minimum to be able to purchase logs.  We now have the capability to do the logging with a crew in east central Vermont using a 70hp 4wd Kubota tractor with logging winch and forwarder to minimize stand damage. When we are acting only as log buyers, and not doing the logging, we are paying an average price of $450/mbf International 1/4" scale log run on your landing.

If you are interested, or have questions, please call Parker Nichols, Owner, Vermont WildWoods, Marshfield, VT at 802-426-3449 or visit



Heavy flowering of maple can lead to a large seed crop necessary for establishing regeneration, but can come at a significant energy cost to the tree.