Welcome to the Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests!
The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests, although separate forests share the same administrative headquarters in Rutland, Vermont. The forests’ combined land mass is over 416,000 acres spread throughout southwestern and southern Vermont, and the Finger Lakes region of New York State. These lands are managed by the USDA Forest Service and signify the multiple-use ethic through its role of providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-quality forest products, economic and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation.
The USDA Forest Service manages approximately 250 miles of National Forest System (NFS) roads on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) including 115 miles located on the Rochester and
Middlebury Ranger Districts. While many Forest roads provide land management- and user-related benefits, some may also pose risks to forestresources. Increased use of an aging roads infrastructure increases safety and maintenance costs, impacts wildlife, and contributes todegradation of water quality. Click for More Information....