Vermont and the USDA Forest Service Sign an Agreement for Shared Stewardship

Release Date: Oct 19, 2021

Contact(s): Franklin Pemberton

October 18, 2021 – Late last week, the state of Vermont and the USDA Forest Service signed an Agreement for Shared Stewardship, strengthening their commitment to collaborative land management efforts throughout the state. The signatories on the agreement were Julie Moore, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources and Randy Moore, Chief of the USDA Forest Service. The agreement establishes a framework to allow the state and the Forest Service to work collaboratively on forest management. This includes outdoor recreation, which has been essential to many American’s health and wellness during the pandemic.

“The agreement signed today is a reflection of the spirit of cooperation between the Agency and the USDA Forest Service that extends back decades,” Secretary Moore said. “Further, it solidifies our partnership for future leaders in both agencies and ensures synergy for true conservation of forests and other natural resources which rely on our forests, including clean air and water, wildlife, plants and fish.”

"Shared Stewardship strengthens our commitment to coordinating and prioritizing forest management activities using our collective resources and authorities," said Chief Moore. "With a collaborative approach, our efforts will continue to provide abundant resources and diverse habitats in the state of Vermont."

The federal, state, and private land managers in Vermont face a range of urgent challenges, among them catastrophic storms, flooding, insect and disease outbreaks, invasive species and increasing use from the public. These challenges must be met with proactive measures across all lands to ensure the future of healthy and resilient forests.

Through working together, developing joint priorities, and using collective authorities, the state and the Forest Service can be sure that the scale of the work will match the scale of the challenge. With a collaborative approach, we can do more to ensure forests continue to provide clean air and water, diverse plant and animal habitat, and support strong and resilient communities.