Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests
Discover Your National Forests
The Green Mountain National Forest and Finger Lakes National Forest are Vermont's and New York's only public, federally managed national forests.
Know Before You Go
Rutland Forest Service Office (231 North Main Street) will operate virtually while the Mendon headquarters is constructed. Please review the press release for more information.
2022 Green Mountain National Forest Town Meeting Report
VERMONT, WINTER 2023—The GMNF is proud to be a part of Vermont and your town. Forest staff work hard to achieve quality public land management under a sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of the people –people in your town as well as all the visitors who come to Vermont every year. Following is a summary of what happened in your National Forest throughout the past year.
Reintroducing Fire in Fire-Adapted Natural Communities
VERMONT, FALL 2022— Fire has played an important role at “The Dome” in Southern Vermont and has contributed to a diverse dry oak forest plant community. On the western slopes of the Dome, there is evidence of frequent fire return intervals during the 19th century into the early 20th century.
Be Bear Aware
New York and Vermont are home to black bears. While it is possible to encounter a black bear on the trail, most recreationists never do.
Be Weather Wise
Before heading to your National Forest, check the forecast! Check the weather at your current and destination locations. Conditions at the trailhead may differ from your destination.
Whether you’re hiking in New York or Vermont, the Green Mountain Club hasplenty of useful winter recreation tips for staying safe while visiting your forests in colder months.
Preparation is the most effective way to prevent mishaps. Knowing the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, and a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.