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Become a Tree Farmer

 

So, you own a piece of Vermont....

Whether you purchased your forestland, or it passed to you from another member of your family you are now in a select group of individuals in the world who own forest property. But with that ownership comes many new choices and responsibilities. And those choices and responsibilities raise many questions.

What is the history and health of your forest? How should you manage it? What are your goals? Should trees be cut, thinned or harvested? Are there other products of value in your woods? Can your trees be made more healthy or valuable?

Are you looking to go back to a "wilderness"? Should you construct trails for yourself or others to enjoy your woods? How do you do that?

How much wildlife do you have? Could that be improved? What about ponds and streams? Where are good sources of information on forestry for the layman? Can your goals and improvements be carried forward through future generations of your family?

Who can you talk to, to get educated/started? What is good stewardship? Why is it important? What does ethics have to do with the woods, and why do I have responsibilities?

The Vermont Tree Farm program can help you with all these aspects of forest ownership. Most importantly, it will help you become a good steward of the forest and understand the environmental consequences of your actions.

To become a Tree Farmer you must have a minimum of 10 acres of forestland, excluding your homestead if you live on the property and it must be privately owned. If you meet this basic requirement, take a look at the other pages under this menu page.

Get started by reaching out to a 2017 Vermont Tree Farm Inspector (PDF)

You can also view an interview with Vermont's own Trevor Evans, the 2010 Northeast Regional Tree Farmer of the Year (5:06 long).

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Tree Farmers of the Year 2016: The Halls of Braintree, Vermont