posted at 1:11 pm Mon Apr 8th, 2019 by (WherezIt_Staff)
In collaboration with the Vermont Community Foundation, the High Meadows Fund is putting $218,000 into action over the next two years to launch a new initiative supporting statewide and local efforts to improve forest health and integrity in Vermont.
In this first year, High Meadows is awarding grants to nine projects around the state that foster collaborative approaches to creating resilient, adaptable forests. Healthy forests protect wildlife and contribute to the quality of life of all Vermonters, including those who depend on the forests for their livelihoods.
Some projects are grounded in specific regions of Vermont and seek to strengthen the connectivity between forest parcels, landowners, and other community stakeholders tied to a region's forested landscape. Others take a statewide approach, focusing on specific opportunities, like bird-friendly maple production, or targeted audiences, like women landowners.
Many of these projects are collaborations between new or unusual partners, often including conservation groups, private landowners, state or municipal government, and stakeholders in the forest industry. "This kind of collaboration holds the greatest potential in advancing both forest health and the forest economy to make our forested landscape more adaptive to today's environmental challenges," says Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mike Snyder. "These projects recognize the vast importance and value of forests in Vermont and far beyond."
For High Meadows, the long-term success of this nascent initiative includes greater understanding, action, and public commitment to improving the resilience of the forest landscape in the face of disruptive threats such as climate change, non-native species, pests and diseases, and forest fragmentation. And to help achieve these goals, High Meadows is looking to create opportunities for shared learning between these forest grantees. From past work on watershed resilience, High Meadows has gained perspective on the value of a community of grantees exchanging their ideas, experiences, and tools.
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Stowe, VT 05672 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Worcester, VT 05682 (Set as Local)