There are two types of non-native, invasive barberry, Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and common barberry (Berberis vulgaris). They are both sun and shade tolerant and can therefore grow in many places including closed canopy and open woods, forest borders, fields, wetlands, and roadsides. In Vermont, barberry is most prevalent in Chittenden and Windsor counties.

LIEP Invasive Species Program

Vermont landscape

LIEP into action for invasive species control. Learn what you can do to manage and protect your land and Vermont from these harmful species.

Not all species of plants and animals in Vermont are native. Many non-natives, such as honey bees and apple trees, have become part of the Vermont landscape without causing harm.

Terrestrial Invasive Plant Resources

Use these resources to learn more about terrestrial invasive plant species, land management, and volunteer opportunities.

Basics of Invasives

What Makes a Plant Invasive? 

More on why invasive plants have a competitive advantage over native plants, where they invade, how they are spread, and why you should care. 

Private Land and Public Access

Vermont's tradition of open access is as old as statehood, and the values that support this tradition are fundamental to our strong sense of community. However, allowing hunting or any public use on your land is, ultimately, a privilege only you can grant. 

Animal Importation and Possession Rules

State law requires anyone wishing to purchase, possess, import, sell, exhibit or breed a pet or animal in Vermont to first determine if a permit is required. This page can help you.

Licenses for Military Personnel

Vermont offers no-cost or reduced cost licenses for active military personnel as our way of saying thank you for your service.


Man in SnowAny resident of Vermont who certifies that he or she is:

Reciprocal Licenses

Reciprocal fishing licenses enhance fishing opportunities on Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River.

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Map

Anglers who hold a fishing license from either New York or Vermont are able to fish in most of the big lake.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3208

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