||The recovery of
Vermonts forests is a remarkable story. By the late
1800s, trees covered only 20 to 30 percent of the state.
Today, as we enter the 21st century, Vermont is more than
health of our forests is generally excellent due to the
good stewardship of most forest owners. All of us,
however, can contribute to the health of Vermonts
Consider these one dozen ways you can
help Vermonts forests:
- Always be careful with
fire outdoors. Be especially watchful during
early spring before the grass greens up and when
the forests are dry in late summer and early
or join a tree board or conservation commission
in your community to inventory, plant, and
maintain street and shade trees and plan for
natural resources in your town. Encourage town
road crews to consider tree health when they salt
or prune. Ask that your town plan include tree
and forest conservation provisions.
- Reduce, reuse, and
recycle paper at home, work, and school.
Vermont forest and wood products. If we
support Vermonts wood products
manufacturers who use sustainable forest
practices, we demonstrate personal responsibility
for the utilization, conservation, and
propagation of Vermonts forests. This also
applies to Vermont Christmas tree farms and
forest speciality product businesses.
- Subscribe to (or
borrow) a natural history or forest and wildlife
management publication tokeep abreast of the
latest in habitat and ecosystem management. Build
a personal library of field guides and books on
- If you
own forest land, be a good steward. Call your
county forester to see how woodlands of any size
can be nurtured to provide wildlife habitat and
- Get out and recreate
in the woods. Get close to nature, trees, and
Vermonts rural landscape to deepen your
understanding and appreciation of Vermonts
landscaping around your house, plan for native
trees that fit in with the surroundings.
Plant trees away from roads and drives, septic
tanks, and utility lines. Use care when plowing
snow, mowing, and weeding near trees. If
youre building a house, plan for your
landscape trees before you begin your site work.
Clear as few as possible, and protect the
remaining trees from damage during construction.
- Support deer and moose
hunting in Vermont. Keeping our wildlife in
balance with their forest habitat benefits them
and the trees they depend upon for food.
environmental education in your towns
schools and youth groups. Volunteer to help
with field trips and activities that get kids
outside and teach them about forests.
- Dont import
forest pests. Know where nursery stock and
wooden packing materials originate, and dispose
of them properly. If you import trees or shrubs
from other states, be sure they have been
inspected. If you observe an unfamiliar insect or
disease on a tree or shrub, contact the Forest
Health Lab (241-3606) in Waterbury for
information and diagnosis.
your forest property beyond your lifetime. Land
trusts and many other conservation organizations
can ensure that your forest will be preserved for