Vermont invites public feedback on development of voluntary timber harvest guidelines for private landowners, plans series of meetings throughout state

MONTPELIER, Vermont , February 13, 2014 (press release) – The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has scheduled the first set in a series of meetings to share information and collect feedback from the public about the establishment of voluntary timber harvest guidelines in Vermont. The meetings will be held in locations throughout the state in late February and early March.

In 2013 the Vermont Legislature passed Act 24, requiring the Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to “develop voluntary harvesting guidelines that may be used by private landowners to help ensure long-term forest health and sustainability.” The Commissioner and staff with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation began this process with the formation of an Advisory Committee, which represents a broad group of stakeholders interested in the sustainability of Vermont's forests.

Throughout the process, the Department and Advisory Committee will offer multiple opportunities for public comment. We invite comments on the overall process and what to consider when developing the voluntary harvesting guidelines.


February 25th:
• Chester-Town Hall, 6:00-8:00 PM

February 26th:
• Barre-VT Historical Society (60 Washington St.) Community Room, 6:15-7:45 PM
• Essex Junction-Act 250 Conference Room at the VT Fish & Wildlife Office (111 West St.), 6:00-8:00 PM

March 6th:
• Rutland-US Forest Service Office (North Main St.) Conference Room, 6:00-8:00 PM
• St. Johnsbury-Fairbanks Museum, 6:00-7:30 PM,

Members of the public can visit the FP&R web site:
to learn more about the Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines project and link to a survey. For Further Information please contact:
Matt Leonard at 802-279-1371 or email to 

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