Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) houses the Department of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Forest, Parks, and Recreation Department. Each department contributes to mobilizing the overall ANR mission.

ANR Mission

“To preserve, enhance, restore and conserve Vermont's natural resources, and protect human health as it relates to the larger environment. Through its programs, the DEC manages water and air quality, regulates solid and hazardous wastes, and administers a number of pollution and waste reduction programs.”

Department of Fish and Wildlife


“To protect and conserve our fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the people of Vermont.”


  • Wildlife management,
  • Fisheries management
  • Law enforcement
  • Search and rescue
  • Threatened and endangered species monitoring and restoration
  • Habitat conservation
  • Educational programs for hunters, anglers, young people and teachers
  • Licenses and permits

Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation



  • Resource use planning
  • Firewood management
  • Forest health
  • Timber sales
  • Wildfire management
  • Forest ecosystems

State Parks

The state park service has 34 permanent staff and 250 seasonal staff to provide visitor services. In 2015, the state park system had 1,017,117 visitors. Most park visits occur during the day.


  • Fees
  • General passes
  • Overnight accommodations and event reservations
  • Trail maintenance and trail closures
  • Volunteer programs

Park statistics:

  • 52 developed parks
  • 39 campground with 2225 campsites
  • 29 beaches
  • 38 picnic areas, 44 picnic shelters
  • 1 lodge



  • Trail maps
  • Guides and interpretive programs
  • Preparedness outdoor information
  • Planning for educational, fundraising, or private events
  • Grants
  • Trail, campsite, and infrastructure maintenance

Activities offered:

Hiking, biking, paddling, camping, fishing, boating, wildlife sightings, off-road vehicles, horseback riding, hunting, hang gliding, rock climbing, skiing and riding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

State land management

  • Land use Planning: planning guides as to why do we plan resource inventories
  • Goal setting
  • Public involvement
  • Implementation strategies and actions
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Planning documents.
  • Special use permits
  • Ski area lease records
  • Land records
  • Acquisition

Department of Environmental Conservation


“To preserve, enhance, restore and conserve Vermont’s natural resources and protect human health for the benefit of this and future generations. The DEC, along with the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation, is part of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.”


“We envision a Vermont where people live in harmony with diverse and healthy natural systems; appreciate and enjoy our natural resources; work together responsibly to reduce waste and risks to human health and the environment; and prosper without significant degradation of natural systems. We envision a Vermont where people breathe clean air; drink clean water; eat safe food; and live in a sustained and healthy environment”


  • Issues permits
  • Permit listings
  • Water and air quality management
  • Solid and hazardous waste regulation
  • Voluntary pollution and waster reduction programs
  • Data collection
  • Volunteer, outreach and educational programs
  • Outside agency compliance

401 Water Quality Certification Hydropower Specialist

Jeff Crocker

401 Water Quality Certification

Megan McIntyre

Wetland Program Manager

Laura Lapierre

Lands Director

Mike Fraysier

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