Vermont Woodlands takes its mission of advocacy for woodland owners very seriously. We attempt to stay apprised of all legislative action affecting our members and their forests and to keep you informed of what we learn.
Three calls to a legislator in Vermont is a virtual landslide. Make your voice heard when needed.
Jane Clifford, of EJC Consulting, Inc., is our eyes and ears in Montpelier. She follows legislation critical to our members and reports weekly through her Legislative Update. Jane’s service has allowed us to be present when testimony is needed. We have learned over the years, that constituent voices carry a lot of weight and encourage you to be actively involved. Vermont is fortunate to have a citizen legislative, and that means our representatives and senators are your friends and neighbors. Get to know who represents your interests and make sure they know your story. It matters!
Catch up on all the Legislative Updates for 2019-20 session.
Vermont Woodlands has a very diverse board of directors who give thoughtful deliberation to all issues of importance to landowners. The Policy Committee is led by Al Robertson who is joined by Jamey Fidel, Steve Handfield, Put Blodgett, Bill Sayre, and Chris Fife. The committee members represent various points of view but all are treated with respect and all opinions are heard. The committee members have skillfully navigated differences and reached compromises to ensure that positions represent all equally. We are very proud of the work this committee accomplishes and applaud their spirit of collaboration and cooperation.
All position statements have been vetted by the entire board and noted as approved.
It is the aim of the Board of Directors to be clear with all members, legislators, and interested parties about positions on specific topics. This is especially important when called to comment before a legislative committee or in other venues. Position statements make it possible for any member of the board to speak authoritatively and with confidence about a particular position.
- VWA Public Policy Issue Brief: Level the Playing Field for Vermont’s Forest Landowners, Foresters, and Harvesters
- VWA Public Policy Issue Brief: Renewable Energy Resources from Vermont Forests
- VWA Public Policy Issue Brief: Protecting Woodland Owner’s Right to Practice Forestry
- VWA Public Policy Issue Brief: Protecting Vermont’s Woodlands from Invasive Pests
- VWA Letter to UVM Extension Director in support of Extension Forestry Program
- VWA position on Deer Herd Management
- VWA position on Use Value Appraisal
- VWA position on Green Mountain National Forest Land & Resource Management Plan
- VWA position on Green Mountain National Forest Wilderness Designation
- VWA Position on Early-Successional Forests
- VWA Position on Illegal ATV Use on Private and State Lands