Forestry Policies (Vermont)

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Place Vermont


   
Applies to States or Provinces Vermont
Name Forestry Policies (Vermont)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province




























Primary Website http://www.vtfpr.org/htm/forestry.cfm



Last Review 2014-09-15


Information Source 2010 Forest Resource Plan: http://www.vtfpr.org/htm/documents/VT%20Forest%20Resources%20Plan.pdf, Vermont Wood Fuel Supply Study: http://www.biomasscenter.org/pdfs/VT_Wood_Fuel_Supply_Study.pdf, Summary of Laws and Regulations: http://www.vtfpr.org/regulate/documents/Timber_Harvest_2012Web.pdf


Summary

Vermont forests cover nearly 5 million acres, a large portion of the state. These lands are managed by the Vermont Division of Forestry (http://www.vtfpr.org/htm/forestry.cfm). The Division completed its Forest Resources Plan in 2010, which includes discussion of forest wood for energy: http://www.vtfpr.org/htm/documents/VT%20Forest%20Resources%20Plan.pdf

In 2007 the Biomass Energy Resource Center issued "The Vermont Wood Fuel Supply Study", a review of the availability, location, estimated cost, and recommendations for woody biomass material from Vermont forests: http://www.biomasscenter.org/pdfs/VT_Wood_Fuel_Supply_Study.pdf

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department imposes rules that require any wood-fueled biomass electricity generators to obtain fuel harvested according to the Vermont Public Service Board standards. These rules also require suppliers to receive approval from VFW prior to harvesting. The rules are established in 30 V.S.A. Chapter 5 section 248: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=30&Chapter=005&Section=00248

Chip Harvesters must also be registered with the State and obtain annual license through the Agency of Natural Resources: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/permit_hb/sheet48.pdf

Both of the above laws, along with several other forestry-related legislation, can be found in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources "Timber Harvesting in Vermont: Summary of Laws and Regulations". http://www.vtfpr.org/regulate/documents/Timber_Harvest_2012Web.pdf



Policy Contact

Department Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Division Forestry Division








Website http://www.vtfpr.org/htm/forestry.cfm
Contact Name Biomass Energy Resource Center











     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 30 V.S.A. Chapter 5 § 248




Authority 2: Agency of Natural Resources Chip Harvesting Permit



















References