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December 02, 2014

Public Comments Invited on Proposed ‘Draft Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines for Forest Landowners in Vermont’

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced today that the public comment period on the proposed ‘Draft Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines for Forest Landowners in Vermont’ is now open. The comment period will be open for three weeks, and will close on December 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm.

In 2013 the Vermont Legislature passed Act 24, requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to “develop voluntary harvesting guidelines that may be used by private landowners to help ensure long-term forest health and sustainability.” The Commissioner and Department staff began this process in August of 2013 with the formation of Advisory and Technical Committees, which represent a broad group of stakeholders interested in the sustainability of Vermont's forests, to assist with the development of the guidelines. In February of 2014, a series of public meetings was hosted by the Department to provide information about the guidelines, and to solicit and collect feedback from the public about what the voluntary harvesting guidelines should address. Advisory and Technical Committees, along with staff from the Department, have been working since then to draft a set of voluntary harvesting guidelines to protect forest health and sustainability.

The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation invites the public to comment on the proposed ‘Draft Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines for Forest Landowners in Vermont’. Comments may be submitted via email to matt.leonard@state.vt.us, faxed to 802-878-5681 or mailed to The Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, 111 West Street, ATTN: Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines, Essex Junction, VT 05452-4695. The Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will announce and adopt initial guidelines by January 15, 2015.

The proposed ‘Draft Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines for Forest Landowners in Vermont’, and other supporting documents may be found on the Department’s website at www.vtfpr.org/HarvestGuidelines.cfm.

For more information, contact Matt Leonard at matt.leonard@state.vt.us.

Source: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Last Updated at: December 02, 2014 16:47:35