Vermont Celebrates 100 Years of Town Forests April 28


Thu, 04/23/2015 – 3:37am —
This year marks 100 years since the 1915 legislation enabling the creation of Vermont town forests was enacted. To recognize Vermont’s long and proud tradition of towns owning and managing their own forests for public benefit, statewide partners are planning a year-long celebration of Vermont’s Town Forests. The celebration kicks off on April 28th with the reading of a Vermont Senate and House resolution commemorating the anniversary and a press conference with state leaders and community volunteers.

Date: April 28, 2015

Schedule of Events

10:00 am Resolution Reading on the House of Representatives floor

11:00 am Press Conference, Cedar Creek Room, VT State House

· Senator Ginny Lyons

· Representative Rebecca Ellis

· Michael Snyder, Commissioner Dept. Forests, Parks and Recreation

· Andrea Morgante, Hinesburg Town Forest community volunteer

· Patricia Ayers Crawford, West Fairlee’s Brushwood Community Forest volunteer

Moderated by: Rodger Krussman, Vermont Director Trust for Public Land and committee member

Speakers, members of the town forest centennial planning committee and other town forest advocates will be available to answer questions and participate in live interviews following the press conference. Press packet will be available at the press conference.

1:00 pm Arbor Day Ceremony with Governor Shumlin, State House Lawn

· Reading of Arbor Day Proclamation

· Announcement of Tree City, Tree Campus, and Tree Line Award

· Tree Planting Ceremony

2:00 pm Natural and Cultural Walk through one of Vermont’s first City Forests (Forest Photo Opportunity), Hubbard Park

Rebecca Phelps, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Bob McCullough, Town Forest Historian and University of Vermont Professor

The Town Forest Centennial Celebration is sponsored by the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions, Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Northern Forest Center, Northeastern States Research Cooperative, The Trust for Public Land, University of Vermont, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Woodland Association.

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