Harvesting plays an important role in the management of actively growing forests, providing fire wood, building materials and other products, as well as generating income for landowners. The table below shows the economic impact, in dollars and jobs, of Vermont’s forest-based manufacturing and recreation.
In 2013, the Vermont Legislature and Governor directed the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation to “develop voluntary timber harvesting
guidelines that may be used by private landowners to help ensure long-term forest
health and sustainability.” Those guidelines have been developed and are now available. Anyone, whether cutting trees for the woodpile or as part of their forest management plan, will find this publication useful and informative.
These are not regulations, though they incorporate and refer to regulations that will affect the way you carry out your harvest. The guidelines are helpful for understanding an activity many of us are not familiar with and also suggest ways to get the most benefit from your harvest. Following the recommended practices will make the regulatory process easier to navigate and help ensure the sustainability of our forests for all to enjoy.
You can download your own copy (PDF) here: Voluntary Harvest Guidelines for Landowners in Vermont
These guidelines, as well as the report on Vermont’s forest-based economy, a full version of associated regulations, and a wealth of other information can be found on the Vermont Division of Forestry web site.