Nature / Conservation Resources

Specific Topics

This page pertains to our available Vermont nature, wildlife and conservation resources. Examples are the VT Fish and Wildlife Department, information on invasive plants, Emerald Ash Borer, country foresters, climbing in VT, information on ticks, and so on.

Bumblebees of Vermont (iNaturalist)
Visual resource to assist in identifying these important pollinators.

Health Vermont has excellent information on this ‘blue-green algae’, that can cause serious illness in humans and can be fatal for pets if ingested.
Cyanobacteria Infosheet (PDF)

Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading northward and has now been found in several counties in Vermont. Roxbury is just outside the High Risk Area that encompasses part of Northfield. Each person can do his/her part to monitor for signs of this beetle in their woodlands/property. Use only local wood for burning to help stem the tide of this destructive beetle.
Vermont EAB Map
Vermont Invasives  – Emerald Ash Borer page
Vermont InvasivesSlow the Spread of EAB (PDF) (updated June 2022)
Vermont InvasivesSlow the Spread of EAB page
Arbor Day Foundation Emerald Ash Borer page

Forest Stewardship Guild10 Recommendations to Manage Ash in Your Woods (PDF)
VT Urban & Community Forestry Community Resources for EAB

Spotted Lanternfly
“Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a sap-feeding insect that has caused significant impacts to vineyards, orchards, and other agricultural commodities in states where it has become established. SLF not only harms grapevines, maples, hops, blueberries, and over 100 other host plants, but has been observed to impact outdoor recreation in other states where populations are high and adult lanternflies swarm in large numbers during mating season.” VT Invasives website.
Vermont Invasives – Spotted Lanternfly page
USDA Plant and Animal Inspection Service – Spotted Lanternfly page
Cornell Extension IPM – Spotted Lanternfly page

PFOA Contamination
The VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a section devoted to PFOA contamination in Vermont. PFOA = Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
“PFAS stands for “Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.” This is a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used in industry and in many consumer products since the 1950s because they are resistant to
heat, water, oil, grease and stains.” (VTDEC)
PFOA and PFOS Factsheet (CDC)

Ticks in Vermont
Health Vermont has pages on ticks in Vermont and the diseases they carry. The most common tick, the Black-legged tick, carries Lyme Disease. There are several types of ticks in Vermont, not all of them harmful to humans.
Be Tick Smart – link to page
Find the Correct Repellant (available in Spanish)
Tic-borne Diseases in Vermont

Organization which provides information on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

American Forest Foundation (AFF)
The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with family forest owners, partners and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage.
2000 M Street, NW Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

Audubon Vermont
Audubon Vermont is a state program of the National Audubon Society. They are a nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Their 255-acre Green Mountain Audubon Center located in Huntington, Vermont has been a community hub of outdoor education and conservation for 50 years, making them the oldest operating nature center in the state. Audubon Vermont has 7 chapters throughout the state.

255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT
Office Hours: 9 am-4 pm, Mon-Fri
Trail Hours: Dawn ’til dusk, every day
Plan Your Visit | Directions

Center for Northern Woodlands Education
Their mission is to advance a culture of forest stewardship in the Northeast and to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural wonders, economic productivity, and ecological integrity of the region’s forests. Publishes Northern Woodlands magazine.

Crag Vermont
Resources for the climbing community in Vermont, and advocates for access to climbing opportunities in the State.

Pollinator Partnership
Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. The organization hosts Pollinator Week each year in June, to focus on the need to conserve the creatures that pollinate the world’s food supply.

Use Value Appraisal (Current Use Program)
Vermont‘s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) Program (also known as “Current Use”) enables eligible private lands where owners practice long-term forestry or agriculture to be appraised based on the property’s value of production of wood or food rather than its residential or commercial development value.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension
UVM Extension integrates higher education, research and outreach to help Vermonters put knowledge to work in their families and homes, farms and businesses, towns and the natural environment. Faculty and staff, located in offices around the state, help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information. They have events throughout the state.
UVM Extension Horticulture Programs
UVM Extension Agriculture Programs
UVM Extension Environment & Natural Resources

For commercial growers:
Commercial growers have access to the UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic.
UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic
201 Jeffords Building | 63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT 05405:
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Vermont ‘Ask the Expert
Have a gardening, composting, or non-gardening question? UVM has an expert for that.
UVM Extension Master Gardeners provide assistance through the hotline, and educational/community activities throughout the state.
UVM Master Gardener Helpline:
Monday, Wednesday-Thursday – 9am-12pm
Ask A Master Gardener Online Form. Please allow 5-7 business days before receiving a reply.
Submit a specimen to the Plant Pathology Lab. (PDF document)

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Overarching state agency responsible for all aspects of preserving, protecting, and enhancing Vermont’s valuable natural resources. Sets policy, assists homeowners with their habitat, hosts events.
Environmental Violation Reporting online form

Vermont Beekeepers Association
The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents over five hundred beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. Membership ranges from hobbyists, small-scale beekeepers, to full-time professionals.

Vermont Center of Ecostudies
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies advances the conservation of wildlife across the Americas through research, monitoring and citizen engagement. Programs include citizen science projects.

Vermont Center for Ecostudies – Vermont Atlas of Life
The Vermont Atlas of Life is a library of knowledge on Vermont’s animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms – an online, real-time resource with maps, photographs, and data open for anyone to use. They have a number of programs you can support.

Vermont Center of Ecostudies / Vermont Atlas of Life – Bumblebee Atlas
One of their projects is tracking and reserching the bumblebee species in Vermont. This link is their details profiles of the bumblebee (and 1 carpenter bee) species in Vermont.
Website link:

Vermont Community Garden Network
The Vermont Community Garden Network’s mission is to support and grow the state’s vibrant network of community and school gardens. Promotes planting native plants for pollinators. Has events throughout the state, a directory of community gardens and other information. Can become a member.

Vermont County Foresters
List of county foresters. They oversee consultant foresters and recommend them to landowners seeking responsible management of their woodlands. Foresters are a required component for all landowners involved in inthe Use Value Appraisal (Current Use) Program (Act 250/UVA).

Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife
The mission of Vermont Coverts is to enlist Vermont landowners in a long term commitment to maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems. Vermont Coverts produces, sponsors and co-sponsors a number of programs and workshops to educate landowners about sound forest management and wildlife stewardship.

Vermont Department of Environment Conservation
Part of the Agency of Natural Resources. Manages water and air quality, regulates solid and hazardous wastes and reduction programs, collect data, conduct research, administer grants, provide volunteer and ourtreach programs.

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
State department under the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Oversees all state lands and waterways, and forest managment. promotes responsible land and water managment. Sets policies on use of ATVs, utility easements, trail closures, parks vendors, natural areas designations, etc.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife
Department which oversees hunting, fishing, state forests and state lands, fish stocking, and various programs throughout the year. Hunting/Fishing licenses are provided by them. E-newsletter available.
Effective Nov. 2020, VTF&W has a new mobile app. See below.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
VINS’ mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. They offer relevant environmental education programs for adults, families, and school children; partner with leading conservation organizations to promote environmental science field research; and operate New England’s premier avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic at the Nature Center.
Accepting Injured Birds
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily
Phone: (802)-359-5000 x212

149 Natures Way | Quechee VT 05059
VINS Nature Center
10am to 4pm Daily | Directions

Vermont Invasives
This is the go-to-resource for information on invasive plants/shrubs/trees in Vermont. Has excellent galleries by type of invasive and how to recognize invasives vs. non-inveasives. E-newsletter available.

Vermont Land Trust
The Vermont Land Trust saves the land that makes Vermont special. Since 1977, they have protected farmland and forestland from subdivision and development – knowing that once farms and forests are gone, they rarely come back. Enabling future generations to enjoy local food, farming, clean air and water, hiking, hunting, forestry, and sugaring.

Vermont Natural Resources Council
VNRC keeps Vermonters informed on the environmental issues they care most about. VNRC have a constant presence in the Vermont State House to promote a vision of a Vermont that is healthy and sustainable. Membership-based organization. Works to preserve water, forests and wildlife, sustainable communities and energy / climate action. Has e-newsletter.

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers
Woods, Wildlife, and Warblers (WWW) is a collaborative project between Audubon Vermont, New York Tree Farm Program, and Vermont Woodlands Association that seeks to create and improve forest bird habitat. Primarily focused on Southern Vermont, their programs now reach across the state.

Vermont Woodlands Association (VWA)
The Vermont Woodlands Association strives to educate, train, and support private forest landowners in sound management practices concerning wildlife, water, wood, and recreation. VWA manages and enhances the American Tree Farm System® Program in Vermont. We work with all forestry-related groups to coordinate opportunities for landowners to network, meet natural resource professionals, and learn about management practices and program. VWA sponsors educational programs for teachers and students to produce future stewards of Vermont’s forests.

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Not a Vermont-based organization. They are the go-to group for all things relating to the protection and conservation of pollinators – birds, bees, bats, native flowers. They have citizen science projects, and work on monarch butterfly conservation, bumblebee conservation, healthy watersheds, education and outreach.