About the Forest

Spruce Peak Trail

The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) and the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) are Vermont's and New York's only public, federally managed national forests. While both the GMNF and FLNF are managed in ways that strive to be sensitive to local concerns and resource capabilities, they share an administrative unit on the GMNF to take advantage of efficiencies to be gained by close geographic location.


Green Mountain National Forest

The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) encompasses more than 400,000 acres in southwestern and central Vermont, forming the largest contiguous public land area in the State. Characterized by striking scenery that combines rugged mountain peaks with quintessential Vermont villages, the Forest is an attraction for many visitors. The GMNF signifies a multiple-use ethic through its role of providing ecological and science-based forestry stewardship, clean water, diverse vegetation, high-value, high-quality forest products, economical and educational contributions, and trail-based backcountry recreation.


Finger Lakes National Forest

Four people ride horses along a trail through open grasslands on Finger Lakes National Forest.The 16,212-acre Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton are all within a two-hour drive of the Forest, which is easily accessed from 1-90 and 1-81 and State Route 17. We encourage you to come explore and enjoy its history, natural beauty and many resource uses. 


Our Offices

Green Mountain

The Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests; Supervisor's Office is located in Rutland, VT. The Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont has Ranger Stations in Manchester and Rochester, VT. The Finger Lakes National Forest in New York has a Ranger Station in Hector, NY. Office hours and contact informaiton can be found here. 

Faces in our Community

Donald Fish beams a smile amidst the green under-story of the forest

To build community and increase awareness of the value our National Forests in Vermont and New York have, our Faces in our Community program highlights individuals in the communities we serve who love our forests and have a desire to share their passion for our National Forest Service lands with others.


Employment Opportunties

A scientist sits atop a log over a beaver lodge preparing a water sample.

The Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests manage approximately 416,000 acres in Vermont and New York State. Find out how you can join us in caring for the land and serving people.

Contact Us

Have something you think we should know? Find out who to contact to answer your question or report issues on our website through our online form.


About the Area

Looking to find out more about the area in and around our Forests before visiting? Start here and discover links that can help you plan your trip.