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Vermont Family Forests 2023 Annual Report

“When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging, the saying goes. It’s a no-brainer. Yet here we are. Climate change is breathing down our necks and blowing down our trees. It’s time to put down the shovel. It’s time to move from the hole to the whole.” With these words, Vermont Family Forests Executive Director, David Brynn, begins our 2023 Annual Report (PDF). It’s chock-full of stories and images from our year, and we’re excited to share it with you. Click to cover below to see the report.

Cover of VFF 2023 Annual Report


Enhancing Flood Resiliency of Vermont State Lands June 2015

  • Kristen L. Underwood, hydrogeologist (South Mountain Research & Consulting Services)
  • David Brynn, consulting forester (Vermont Family Forests)

Record flooding on Lake Champlain in the spring of 2011 and widespread damages sustained to Vermont’s built infrastructure during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 motivated the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Lands Stewardship Team to request an evaluation of policies, plans and practices on state-owned lands with a goal to enhance flood resiliency.

A Commons Conservation Collaborative Network Report

  • Max Bochman
  • Anna Durning
  • Ian Knapp

Middlebury College ENVS 0401 Community Engaged Practicum, December 15, 2019. During the Fall 2019 semester, Middlebury College students undertook a project for Vermont Family Forests, to investigate the opportunities and constraints for some kind of regional conservation collaborative to share and avoid redundancies in conservation and monitoring projects in Vermont’s Center-West Ecoregion.

Town Forest Health Check

Town Forest Health Check to support the Vermont Town Forest Project—a statewide initiative to strengthen connections between Vermonters and their community-owned forests. If you’re a community member interested in taking an active role in maintaining the health of your community’s town forest, take a look at the Town Forest Health Check. With it, you’ll be able to determine if the optimal conservation practices that maintain forest health are in place in your town forest.

Commons and Commoning

Center-West Ecoregion Maps of Ecological Hotspots

Caring For Our Home Grounds

Commons Conservation Congress, November 2, 2019, Presentations and Materials