Become a Tree Farmer

So, you own a piece of Vermont …

Whether you purchased your forest land or was 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 your goal for owning your forest land? 
– Want to grow timber or firewood?
– Use it for leisure recreation?
– Watching the wildlife?

Are there ways to enhance your woodland to further these goals?
– How can you improve the quality of the timber you grow?
– What will make your land more attractive to wildlife?
– How can you improve the recreational opportunities on your land?

Who can help you find answers to these questions?
– What natural resource professionals can help you?
– What resources can you consult?
– What organizations can help?

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 on our site.

Get started by reaching out to a Vermont Tree Farm Inspector.

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

Tree Farmers of the Year 2020: the Starr family of Troy