Most of us want to leave the world better than we found it.
As climate conditions change, Vermont is expected to become less favorable to traditional
Forest landowners have a unique opportunity to make this positive impact by managing their woods – whether for wildlife habitat, recreation trails, wood products, or any or all of these. Productive forestland is the key to Vermont’s Current Use program. All land enrolled in this tax program must have a management plan that assures the land is being managed according to accepted forestry standards.
As a woodland owner enrolled in Current Use, you already knew that. But did you know the work you’re already doing is also helping to protect your forest against vulnerabilities caused by climate change? Vermont’s climate has changed pretty drastically just in our lifetimes. Air temperatures are warmer, winters are shorter, and precipitation is often more extreme than it was in the past.
But there is good news: the Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Tree Farm Committee, and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation have resources to help you support and protect your woods through the continuing changes to come. Climate-adaptive forestry is something every landowner can do, starting now!
Explore these resources for more information on
the impacts of climate change on forests:
Got time to watch a video? Click here to hear Ali Kosiba, the climate forester with Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation,
talk about her role in the state. She answered questions about current use, what forest management practices can be used
to mitigate climate impacts, the difference between carbon storage and carbon sequestration, and more. She also shared
some good resources for forest managers and landowners.
Interested in taking a more active role?
Check out these resources for managing your woodlands for climate mitigation:
Climate Change Resources brought to you by VWA in partnership with Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.
This project was supported through the Open Space Institute’s Land and Climate Catalyst Planning Program, which is made possible with major funding from the J.M. Kaplan Fund and Jane’s Trust Foundation, with additional support from generous individual contributions.