Directory of Organizations
Use the directory below to locate organizations available to assist you in caring for Vermont's woods. Don't forget to checkout the Directory of Resources for a listing of topic-specific programs.
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Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative
ACRWC is a 20+ year old, largely volunteer organization which collects water samples on 6 area streams and rivers from April-September. Our samples are processed by the LaRosa lab, and resulting data are used by the State, landowners, municipalities and others when making lands decisions.
Ascutney Trails Association
Ascutney Trails Association's intended purpose is for the maintainance of present and future trails on Mt. Ascutney, building and maintaining shelters, hunting out special points of interest to which trails may be opened, gathering items of history and anecdotes on the mountain, and publishing a guide book.
Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions
In Vermont, conservation commissions are advisory bodies that exist in many towns across the state. Broadly, they are established to help communities protect and enhance their natural resources.
Audubon Vermont is a state program of the National Audubon Society. Through the Forest Bird Initiative, Audubon provides educational outreach and technical assistance to landowners and land managers on how to manage forests with birds in mind. Specific projects include "Foresters for the Birds" and "Bird-Friendly Maple".
Bennington County Conservation District
BCCD promotes rural livelihoods and protects natural resources in southwestern Vermont.
Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium
The Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium is a collaboration between landowners, foresters, loggers and other natural resource professionals. The Consortium facilitates the exchange of ideas and experiences to encourage people to care about our forests
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Community (BEEC)
The Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) is a member-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1991 with the mission to develop a more ecologically informed citizenry through education and action in order to enhance and sustain the vitality of southern Vermont’s bioregion.
Center for Northern Woodlands Education
The mission of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education is to advance a culture of forest stewardship in the Northeast and to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural wonders, economic productivity and ecological integrity of the region’s forests.
Center for Technology, Essex
The Center for Technology, Essex, provides comprehensive technical programs for all students which include career exploration, preparation and technical literacy in a respectful learning environment.
Cold Hollow Career Center
At Cold Hollow we are committed to helping students figure out where they want to go and then help them get there. It's that simple! Our programs provide rigorous academic, technical, and transferrable skills that support student growth and achievement.
Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC)
CHC is a regional conservation partnership. Our vision is a healthy and intact forested landscape that supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship, with permanent protection of core wildlife habitat and connectivity across the entire Northern Forest.
Duxbury Land Trust
The Duxbury Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization based in Duxbury, Vermont. Our mission is to preserve and protect the natural, historic and scenic resources that contribute to our town’s rural character. In particular, we are interested in conserving Duxbury’s wetlands and riparian corridors; upland and ridgeline forests, recreational areas and important wildlife habitat.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for Stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.
Equinox Preservation Trust
To encourage the responsible use of the land and protection of our natural and cultural history by providing the opportunity to interact with the environment through education, research and environmentally sensitive recreation.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
The Mission of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is to inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and to motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet.
Field Naturalist Graduate Program UVM
We can work for you! The Field Naturalist program brings motivated students to the intersection of the natural environment and human nature. Our two-year graduate curriculum integrates science, fieldwork, critical thinking and public communications to produce leaders in environmental policy, land stewardship, research, conservation and education.
Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative
The mission of the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative is to serve the northeast temperate forest region through improved understanding of long-term trends, annual conditions, and interdisciplinary relationships of the physical, chemical, and biological components of forested ecosystems.
Forest Guild- Northeastern Region
Establish forestry that is ecologically, economically, and socially responsible as the standard for professional forest management, from coast to coast.
Franklin County Conservation District
Friends of the Mad River
The Friends of the Mad River is a private, non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Mad River and its watershed.
Friends of the Winooski River
The Friends of the Winooski River is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Winooski River. Our goals are to reduce pollution, improve habitat, increase river stability and encourage passive and sustainable enjoyment of the river.
Grand Isle County Conservation District
Green Mountain Club
The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains.
Green Mountain National Forest
Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
GMTCC is a technical high school that serves students from Craftsbury Academy, Hazen Union School, Lamoille Union High School, Peoples Academy, and Stowe High School.
Green Works/Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association
Green Works, established in 1964, is a non-proﬁt professional organization for the horticultural industry in Vermont. Green Works’ mission is to support and strengthen the horticulture industry of Vermont through programming and certification as well as create greater awareness of the benefits of landscaping and the professional services and products our members offer to the buying public.
Hartford Area Career and Technical Center
Hogback Mountain Conservation Association
The Hogback Mountain Ski Area closed in 1984 and was subsequently purchased at auction by investors in 1993 with a eye toward development. The property was again offered for sale in 2005 prompting community members to dream of ways to maintain public access to these lands. This in turn led to the formation in 2006 of the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association (HMCA), a group of local citizens who volunteered their time in a four-year effort to raise the funds to buy Hogback Mountain and protect it from development with a permanent conservation easement. HMCA's role continues today as a volunteer organization whose members work under the purview of the Town’s Hogback Preservation Commission. Open to anyone with an interest in the outdoors, HMCA’s goals are to help sustain Hogback Mountain both as a natural wildlife habitat and a low-impact recreation area. This magnificent mountain offers 100-mile views of mountain ranges in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, miles of trails, historic foundations, and a fertile, natural background for educational and environmental studies.
Keeping Track® is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Susan C. Morse, a nationally known naturalist, out of her concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health.
Lamoille County Conservation District
Linking Lands Alliance
Linking Lands Alliance is a grassroots, collaborative effort working in Vermont to address natural resource issues that transcend town borders.
Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP)
We recognize that the logging profession is an essential link between Vermont woodlands and forest industry. Along with landowners and foresters, loggers are partners in managing our forests for wood, water, wildlife and recreation.
Mad River Valley Planning District
The Purpose of the Planning District is to "carry out a program of planning for the future of the Mad River Valley. The planning program shall be directed toward the physical, social, economic, fiscal, environmental, cultural and aesthetic well being of the member Towns and its inhabitants.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The park interprets the historic home of the Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller families, their conservation work and stewardship of the forest landscape and the emergence of an American conservation ethic. The 550-acre woodlands continue to be managed for protection of natural resources, education, recreation, sustainable forestry, historic character, and scenic beauty.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission to teach and to demonstrate the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland.
Middlebury Area Land Trust
The mission of Middlebury Area Land Trust is to conserve the working landscape, important natural areas, special open spaces, areas with key visual or aesthetic attributes, to link green spaces, where possible, and to protect water quality.
Missisquoi River Basin Association
The Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA) is an active, non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration of the Missisquoi River, its tributaries, and the Missisquoi Bay.
Montshire Museum of Science
Montshire Museum’s mission is to awaken and encourage a lifelong interest in science through exhibits and programming dedicated to hands-on discovery and education for people of all ages. Unique to this mission is Montshire’s 100-acre New England riverfront setting, which fosters deep and creative learning in both the physical and natural sciences.
The Moosalamoo Association is a nonprofit organization that brings together specialists in tourism and conservation to learn from each other and to develop a framework for cooperative activities for natural resource conservation, recreation experience enhancement, and educational and interpretive services for the visitors to the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area.
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)- EQIP Program
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
North Branch Nature Center
We're a small preserve with a big heart at a gentle bend in the North Branch of the Winooski River. For more than a decade North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital.
North Country Career Center
North Country Career Center provides an educational environment for the development of technical, academic, and social skills. NCCC recognizes that education is a lifelong experience and promotes the development of career and technical skills that prepare students for success as productive and responsible members of society.
Northeast Silviculture Institute
The Institute workshops are designed to provide northeast U.S. foresters with the appropriate knowledge to make sound, science-based decisions for forest ecosystem management, harvests and regeneration. Institute training is designed so it can be used in the USDA Forest Service’s National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP) to provide landscape-specific materials for northeast forests.
Northeast Wilderness Trust
The mission of the Northeast Wilderness Trust is to conserve forever-wild landscapes for nature and people.
Northeastern Loggers' Association
NELA is a regional trade group representing more than 2,000 members of the Northeast and Lake States’ logging, sawmilling, and forest products community. For over sixty years the association has published a highly respected monthly magazine that focuses exclusively on our region – The Northern Logger and Timber Processor. NELA also produces training programs, pamphlets and books, and two major expositions of forest products and tree care equipment.
Northern Forest Center
The Northern Forest Center builds economic and community vitality while fostering sound forest stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Founded in 1997, the Center is a leading voice in rural community economic development and forest stewardship. Center programs include advancing modern wood heat, catalyzing innovation in wood products, enhancing quality in experiential tourism, supporting community forestry. We help secure jobs, conserve managed forests and leverage investment in the region. Our programs have conserved more than 250,000 acres of forests, supported businesses that provide thousands of jobs, and helped secure and leverage $177 million for projects that benefit the region's communities, economy and forests.
NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Connecting people and place through science, education and action.
One World Conservation Center
We are a Nature Center in Bennington, Vermont. We bring nature education and experience to our community and its visitors. Our work is grounded in our local ecology and linked to global biodiversity.
Programs and activities serve adults, families and children. Go to our calendar for current and upcoming activities. Over the course of a year, we will offer lectures on our local history and ecology, natural science explorations for children and families, science lessons in area classrooms and school field trips to our Greenberg Reserve and much more. We contribute local data to the Vermont Atlas of Life project of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.
Orange County Headwaters Project
Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District (ONRCD)
The Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, founded in 1944, helps individuals, groups and communities in eighteen towns in Windsor County, and one in Rutland County, by providing education, information and technical assistance relating to conservation issues.
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
Our mission is to provide educational experiences that prepare secondary and adult students with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce in careers that are high skilled, high demand, and that pay a livable wage and to continue their education.
Regional Conservation Partnerships
RCPs are generally informal networks of people representing private and public organizations and agencies that work together to develop and implement a shared, long-term conservation vision across town and sometimes state and international boundaries.
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. That means learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Our home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
Society of American Foresters, Green Mountain Division
Our mission as foresters is to be responsible stewards of the earth's forests while meeting society's vital needs.
South Hero Land Trust
South Hero Land Trust has dedicated itself to working within the community to protect and nurture our most important assets: the land, and the people who live, play, love, and grow on it.
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
The Southwest Vermont Career Development Center is committed to career and lifelong learning to prepare secondary and post secondary students for career and lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world.
Stafford Technical Center
Stafford Technical Center provides essential education to a broad spectrum of students—both young and adult—in part because of the excellence of its faculty and staff but also, in a large degree to the contributions of community members from all walks of life.
Stowe Land Trust
Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community.
Sweet Water Trust
Sweet Water Trust is a grant-making foundation whose mission is to support land conservation that safeguards wild lands and waters, native wild flora and fauna, and living soils.
The Nature Conservancy
Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends
Trout Unlimited (Mad Dog Chapter)
Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
Trust for Public Land
Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.
Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
TRORC is a regional planning commission that provides professional planning, land use, mapping, grant writing, and project management services to our thirty member towns in east central Vermont. We strive to to ensure that our towns remain healthy and vibrant places to live, work, and visit.
University of Vermont Extension
UVM Extension integrates higher education, research and outreach to help Vermonters put knowledge to work in their families and homes, farms and businesses, towns and the natural environment. Faculty and staff, located in offices around the state, help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information. Through partnerships with other non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies, UVM Extension brings up-to-date research-based knowledge to support healthy forests and a healthy forest economy. Specific programs include Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, Urban and Community Forestry and Maple.
Upper Valley Land Trust
The Upper Valley Land Trust helps people conserve land in 45 New Hampshire and Vermont towns.
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
The U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station’s science is complex, but the need for the research is simple. Land managers, city planners, and policy-makers need sound science on all aspects of the natural world and its complex connections with people to achieve decisions resulting in a healthy and sustainable future for present and future generations of Americans. Science at our station follows five themes: forest disturbance processes, urban natural resource stewardship, sustaining forests, providing clean air and water, and natural resources inventory, monitoring and assessment.
Vermont and New Hampshire Christmas Tree Growers Association
Thousands of acres are planted in neat rows of Christmas trees, grown in ideal conditions and shaped to perfection by local farmers. These farms help preserve open space and foster important wildlife habitat.
Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
Seventy eight percent of Vermont is covered in woods, and eighty percent of those forests are privately owned. Conservation districts and their partners know that decisions forest owners make today will affect the face of our wild landscapes, the quality of the habitats they represent, and the ecological services they provide for our communities for generations to come.
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies advances wildlife conservation with the combined force of scientific research and informed citizens. Our biologists study birds, insects, amphibians, and other wildlife from Canada to South America. Enhancing our work is a legion of volunteer citizen naturalists.
What VCE discovers about wildlife and conservation we share with scientists, policy makers, conservationists, and the general public. We publish research in peer-reviewed scientific literature. Our project reports help inform public policy. And our growing body of knowledge about biodiversity is a free public resource for anyone who seeks to discover and enjoy wildlife – from school children to birdwatchers.
Vermont Coverts: Woodlands For Wildlife
The mission of Vermont Coverts is to enlist Vermont landowners in a long term commitment to maintain and enhance diverse wildlife habitat and healthy ecosystems.
Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
The department's mission is "the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont." Other challenges include providing quality fish and wildlife-based recreation and reaching Vermonters with the best possible information about these resources.
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Vermont Family Forests
Vermont Family Forests is a non-profit family forest conservation organization. Our priority is to conserve the health of local family forests. When appropriate, we promote their careful cultivation for local community benefits.
Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program at Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
We provide in-depth ownership succession planning for families who own forestland in Vermont to reverse the well-documented forest fragmentation that results from forestland passing hands from one generation to the next without a plan for the land’s future. Families work with skilled advisors who guide and facilitate family discussions and help coordinate critical technical assistance with foresters, accountants, financial advisers, and attorneys in the course of developing a succession plan. (More info here.)
We also offer professional business planning and technical assistance to forest products businesses to help them achieve long-term success. Services may include: Business planning, cost of production analysis, financial record management, marketing & sales, human resources management, and planning for transition. (More info here.)
Vermont Forest Products Association
The mission of the VFPA is to promote and defend the interests of our members.
Vermont Furniture Makers Guild
The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers is an association of master level furniture makers dedicated to the promotion of quality craftsmanship, excellence in design, and the pursuit of artistic vision.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.
Vermont Land Trust
Vermont Land Trust protects farms, forests, water ways, and recreation areas that give Vermont its rural character and economy. Since 1977, VLT has permanently conserved more than 1,900 parcels of land covering more than 550,000 acres, or about nine percent of the private, undeveloped land in the state. This conserved land includes more than 900 working farms and farmland parcels, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland and wildlife habitat, and numerous community spaces. Protecting this land ensures it will be available for future generations to use and enjoy.
Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association
VMSMA is made up of Vermont maple sugarmakers and maple packers who are dedicated to producing the highest quality maple syrup found anywhere in the world.
Vermont Natural Resources Council
VNRC is a statewide environmental organization that has been working for over 50 years to protect and restore Vermont's environment and communities. VNRC uses technical assistance to towns, research, education, and advocacy on state policy issues in order to promote Vermont's natural environments, productive working landscapes, intact wildlife habitat, clean water, clean energy, and vibrant downtowns and villages.
Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP)
SWEEP is the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs, a nonprofit coalition of individuals and organizations whose mission is to promote a sustainable future by fostering exceptional environmental literacy work through our state and regional networks.
Vermont Technical College
Vermont Technical College offers certificates and degrees that have relevance in today’s economy. The rigorous, broad-based education we offer is balanced out by hands-on opportunities to apply your skills and gain practical knowledge either off campus or by working at our own unique facilities. Vermont Tech supports students, farmers, agricultural and Vermont working land specialists with educational opportunities related to animals, plants, forestry, soils, food systems, sustainability, mechanical systems and business management.
Vermont Trappers Association
Conserving wildlife and preserving our outdoor heritage for future generations of outdoorsmen and women.Ensuring the controlled harvest of wild fur bearing animals to maintain healthy populations within the carrying capacity of the environment.
Vermont Tree Farm Program
Vermont has 437 Certified Tree Farms managing a total of about 120,000 acres. Among this number there are nearly twenty who have been Tree Farmers for more than fifty years and many more are twenty-five year land stewards in Tree Farm.
Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
To lead citizens, businesses, and governments in understanding the value of urban and community forests and to promote civic responsibility for and participation in the stewardship of these resources for this and future generations.
Vermont Wild and Scenic Rivers
In December 2014, Vermont joined the prestigious network of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System when a congressional action designated 46.1 miles of the Upper Missisquoi River and the Trout River as Wild & Scenic.
Vermont Wood Works Council
VWMA's mission is to support the industry in Vermont and promote its long-term viability by expanding members presence in the marketplace, ensuring a sustainable supply of raw materials, increasing workforce skill and acting as responsible employers and community members.
Vermont Woodlands Association
The Vermont Woodlands Association strives to educate, train, and support private forest landowners in sound management practices concerning wildlife, water, wood, and recreation.
The primary mission and purpose of Vermont WoodNet is to address the needs of the Vermont woodworking community and all those in it, professional, amateur and academic, WoodNet members and non-WoodNet members, by maintaining a network of communications, creating and sponsoring educational programs, workshops and symposiums.
Vermont Woodworking School
We are a woodworking and furniture-making school in a three-story, historic barn turned modern woodworking facility. We have 40 benches for the students studying in continuing education and college programs at VWS. We also offer many woodworking intensives and workshops. The master craftsmen and women who instruct here teach extensive furniture-making techniques and give exposure to the variety of paths and careers in the woodworking industry
White River Natural Resource Conservation District
The White River Natural Resources Conservation District is a locally led and operated organization that promotes and supports soil and water conservation.
White River Partnership
Since 1996, the White River Partnership has been bringing people and communities together to improve the long-term health of Vermont’s White River watershed.
Wildlife Society- Northeast
The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society represents the concerns of wildlife professionals in 11 northeastern states (CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV). We welcome your involvement in the Section and we are here to serve you, the wildlife professionals residing in the northeast.
The MISSION of the Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education among wildlife professionals within the northeastern United States.
Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District
The Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (WCNRCD) helps landowners and users, agricultural producers, and communities throughout Windham County, Vermont conserve land and water by providing services such as: technical assistance, education and outreach, workshops and financial assistance.
Windham Regional Career Center
The Windham Regional Career Center mission is to provide all learners with skills and competencies leading to post-secondary success.
Windham Regional Woodland Association
Windham Regional Woodlands Association is a group of people who care deeply about the wooded lands of southeastern Vermont.
Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
The District completes valuable conservation projects within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship.