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National Forests

The Green Mountain National Forest in western Vermont and the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York State's Finger Lakes region are Vermont's and New York's only public, federally managed national forests. Both Forests offer extensive multi-use advantages to the public, 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.


Discover your National Forest

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Recent News


Winter Road Closures on the Green Mountain National Forest

Each winter, the Green Mountain National Forest closes Forest Roads to vehicle traffic from December 15th until May. While vehicle access is restricted during this time, these roads double as snowmobile, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing trails in the winter months. These roads close each winter on the North and South Zones of the Green Mountain National Forest. 

Faces in our Community

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.

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Volunteer Receives Regional Award

Mike Smith receives an award at the Manchester Ranger Station.

Mike Smith, President of the Bennington Trail Cruisers, was recognized for outstanding contributionsi n repairing and building Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails on the Manchester District.

West Branch White River Restoration

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Learn about the restoration of the West Branch of the White River  in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in central Vermont. 


Forest Service Seeking Comments on Recreation Site Analysis

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The Green Mountain and Finger Lake National Forests have been working to develop a strategy that will prioritize investments and recommend changes to our recreation program into the future.

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