Forests Matter: Land Use Planning for Forest Integrity

The concept of maintaining intact forest in Vermont is not new and is something that town planning and conservation commissions have been implementing for years. But as rural sprawl has increased forest fragmentation and the VT Legislature passed Vermont's Forest Integrity law (often referred to as Act 171), the topic is receiving increased interest. The Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation and the Fish & Wildlife Department has worked with partners to put together a video series highlighting this important topic. The video series pulls together interviews from a diversity of professionals in the field; from foresters, biologists to planners and volunteers working at the local level. Please join us for this exciting session.

  • Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department
  • Keith Thompson, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation
  • Jim Duncan, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation
  • Jamey Fidel, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Clare Rock, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
  • Jen Mojo, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Brian Voigt, Waitsfield Planning Commission
  • Linda Hecker, Guilford Conservation Commission
  • Kevin Geiger, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission
  • Charlie Hancock, Cold Hollow to Canada
  • Jon Kart, Science to Action Steering Committee (Richmond)
  • Alex Weinhagen, Hinesburg Planning & Zoning
  • Deb Shelby, Bolton Planning Commission

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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