The Richmond Town Forest was established in 2018. Through the generosity of the Andrews family, the Town acquired and conserved 428 acres of forestland and farmland through the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. This land will be protected as a Town Forest in perpetuity.
Big things are happening at the Richmond Town Forest. The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) has long had a right-of-way and a powerline running through the town forest. This summer they will be replacing the four towers within the property boundaries.
In order to get their equipment in to the powerline, they have to make some major road improvements. They have installed a gate at the base of the access road, improved the road surface, moved their heavy equipment onto the log landing, and established a temporary staging area at the base of the road.
While this is a big to-do right now, this will be a benefit to the Town in the long term. When their work is complete they will install a parking area, seed the road, and leave a permanent gate installed across the road.
If you wish to visit the Town Forest, we strongly encourage you to save your visit for the weekends when VELCO is not operating heavy equipment. Parking will be a challenge while VELCO is on site, but you can park on the wooden mats located at the entrance to the property.
Please note the Town Forest will be CLOSED the week of July 9 when VELCO’s heaviest lifting will be underway.
The Town is now developing a management plan for the Forest, scheduled for completion in late 2018. We are working with consulting groups SE Group and Arrowwood Environmental to develop a management plan with a robust public input process. Information about how to participate in this process will be made available on this website, on our Facebook page, and through Front Porch Forum. While the full management plan is in development, the public’s use of the property is guided by an Interim Management Plan (below).
The Town Forest Steering Committee will meet on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30p in the Town Offices through September. Once the management planning process is complete, the committee may switch to once month meetings.
5/23/18, 6:30-8:30p, Town Offices
6/13/18, 6:30-8:30p, Town Offices, special meeting with SE Group and Arrowwood (management planning consultants)
Town Forest Steering Committee:
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- Hannah Phillips, Interim Chair
- Berne Broudy
- Cecilia Danks
- Brad Elliot
- Willie Lee
- Wright Preston
- Guy Roberts
- Elizabeth Wright (Ibit)
- Ethan Tapper