Forestry Facts: Did You Know?Author:VWA |
Did you know…
- Vermont is 75% forested with 4.46 million acres of forest. Caledonia and Essex Counties are 82% and 94% forested with 751,500 acres of forestland.
- Scientists estimate that there are between 24,000 and 43,000 species of higher plants, algae, fungi, lichens, invertebrates, and vertebrate animals in Vermont. Nearly half are invertebrates such as insects, crayfish, and mussels.
- Private landowners control 80% of forestland in Vermont; business or industry owns 1%; and Local, State, and Federal government owns 19%.
- Private landowners in Vermont own forestland for a variety of reasons. Based on a 2013 U.S. Forest Service survey for National Woodland Owners, the reasons given in order of priority are beauty, wildlife habitat, nature protection, legacy, privacy, water, land investment, family, hunting and fishing, recreation, firewood, and timber production.
- The number of non-industrial private landowners in Vermont has increased from an estimated 61,900 in 1983 to approximately 80,000 in 1997, correlated with a decrease in the average size of a parcel of land.
- In Vermont, the net growth of trees has exceeded removal since the first inventory in 1948. About twice as much wood has been grown than was cut or otherwise removed.
- The contribution of forest based manufacturing and forest related recreation and tourism to the Vermont economy is 1.5 billion dollars.
- Vermont forests provide wood now for approximately 10% of electrical and heating use in Vermont.
- Connecticut River Valley counties are 85% forested of which 85% is privately owned. The rest of Vermont counties are 73% forested of which 76% is privately owned.
- Vermont Woodlands Association has 1064 members, such as you, who manage approximately 350,700 acres of Vermont forestland.