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.


Materials related to the proposed trail route

During the February 28 ACF Committee meeting, the committee reviewed trail route options considering significant public input over the previous months, the management plan, the initial ecology and trail report, and a follow up ecology and trail report (all materials available via the links below). During the meeting, the committee voted to propose a modified trail route in ACF. This proposed route differs from the previously proposed route in one way: it does not include the western most of the three parallel trails in the northeast quadrant of the forest (referred to as “Ridgetop” in the initial trail report). The committee made this edit to the proposed route in response to public concern about its proximity to a sensitive ecological zone, retaining the two trails in the northeast quadrant farther from that zone to retain the potential for trail users to have a loop route in that area.

Materials

Public comment on the proposed route

 


 Revised land acknowledgement draft appendix for consideration in management plan – land-acknowledment-and-use-agreement-appendix 1.31.21 draft (5179783_1)


 

 

Table of contents

Scroll down to find each section of this page.

  • Andrews Community Forest Management Committee
  • Maps
  • Annual report
  • Ongoing management actions
  • Management plan
  • Committee meeting agendas and minutes
  • Other files

 

Andrews Community Forest Management Committee

The Andrews Community Forest Committee meets the last Monday of every month online via Zoom. Contact the committee at richmondtownforest@gmail.com

  • Jesse Crary – Chair – Trails Committee Recommendation
  • Caitlin Littlefield – Secretary,  Conservation Commission Recommendation
  • Daniel Schmidt – Conservation Commission Representative
  • Chase Rosenberg – Trails Committee appointee
  • Amy Powers
  • Cecilia Danks
  • Jim Monahan
  • Nick Neverisky
  • Melissa Wolaver

Maps

 

Annual Report

 

Ongoing management actions

Trail Design

The town contracted with an ecological assessment company and a trail design company to develop a route for additional trails in Andrews Community Forest. Trails will be designed to support the needs of multiple user types (e.g., bikers, hikers, etc.) and the natural communities present in the forest.

This resulted in a proposed trail route represented in the report and map at https://arrowwoodvt.com/acf/. This is the document presented by Arrowwood and Sinuosity in the August 28, 2021 public meeting when it was approved by the committee in a vote 6 in favor, 2 against, 1 abstention.

 

2020-21 Forest Management at the Andrews Community Forest

Per the Andrews Community Forest (ACF)’s Forest Management Plan, a forest management project began in September 2020 in Stands 3, 4, and 6 (in the eastern portion of the property). This project will be underway through March, 2021, and perhaps again from August – November 2021. A major objective of the project is to provide opportunities for everyone to learn about forest management in an open, transparent and inclusive way. While COVID-19 means that public events at the ACF this year will be largely virtual, numerous opportunities will be provided for you to learn about this project, and we will resume in-person events as soon as it is safe to do so:

  • Stay tuned to Front Porch Forum, the Andrews Community Forest Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AndrewsCommunityForest) or email the Chittenden County Forester (ethan.tapper@vermont.gov) to join his mailing list;
  • Join us for our virtual event series, discussing the forest management project at the ACF with a focus on wildlife, Emerald Ash Borer, birds, carbon and climate change, and ecology and conservation. These events will feature a diverse group of partners, including Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Vermont’s Urban and Community Forestry program, Vermont Audubon, the Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Coverts, Vermont Woodlands Association and the Richmond Free Library.
  • You can follow along with the progress of the job by watching regular short videos on the “Andrews Community Forest” Playlist on the Chittenden County Forester’s YouTube channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AanLRDAm3UE&list=PLWk3DKdWmNIb5VOql7MqxJ09GqXg0kPVl. Recordings of all of the webinars and online events associated with this project will also be stored on this page, for you to watch at your convenience.
  • Map of forest management areas: ACF forest management marking map 071520
  • Read the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation’s press release on the project, here: https://fpr.vermont.gov/news/andrews-community-forest-management

For more details on the planned work, see the ACF’s Forest Management Plan on this page. Please contact ethan.tapper@vermont.gov or richmondtownforest@gmail.com if you have any questions about this project.

 

 

Management Plans

Management Plan

The “Management Plan” that was approved in 2018 (see link below) provides general goals, objectives and administrative details for the management of the parcel.

Below are links to the management plan and associated files.

Management Plan

ACF Activity Map090419 (3)

ACF CE Features Map 090419 (3)

ACF FN Natural Communities Map 0904119 (1)

ACF Invasives Map 090119 (1)

ACF Management Intensity Zones090419 (1)

ACF Soil Map 053019 (1)

Andrews Community Forest Stand Map 051319 (1)

Andrews Community Forest Stand Map Topo 051319 (1)

Example Forester Agreement 072419 (1)

Conservation Easement 2018

 

Forestry Management Plan

The “Forestry Management Plan” is an addendum to the “Management Plan,” providing specific data and information on the management of forested stands at the Andrews Community Forest. This document focuses on forestry and ecological management (other documents related to the “Management Plan” above relate to holistic management of the parcel including recreation).

Forestry Management Plan

 

 

Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Agendas:

ACF agenda regular meeting for 04-28-22

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 03-29-22 FINAL

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 02-28-22 DRAFT

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 01-31-22 FINAL

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 01-06-22 FINAL

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 11-29-21 FINAL

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 10-22-21 FINAL

ACF draft agenda regular meeting for 9-27-21 

ACF draft agenda special meeting for 8-24-21

ACF agenda regular meeting for 7-28-21

ACF draft agenda for 6-28-21 Updated 1

ACF Agenda 6-16-2021 Amended

ACF draft agenda for Thursday 5-27-21 (2)

ACF agenda for Monday 4-26-21

ACF draft agenda for Monday 3-29-21

ACF special meeting agenda for Monday 2-15-21

ACF draft minutes of 2-11-21 (1)

ACF draft agenda for Monday 1-25-21_ (1)

ACF draft agenda for 1-14-21 (1)

ACF draft agenda for Monday 12-28-20

ACF draft agenda for 12-8-20

ACF agenda for 11-30-20

ACF draft agenda for 10-26-20

ACF draft agenda for 9-28-20 (1)

ACF agenda for 9-14-20

ACF agenda for 8-31-20

8-4-20 Andrews Community Forest Committee Agenda

7-13-20 Andrews Forest Management Committee Agenda

6-22-20 Andrews Forest Management Committee (1)

5-18-20 Andrews Forest Management Committee (1)

4-27-20 Andrews Forest Management Committee (1)

2-24-20 Andrews Forest Management Committee

1-27-20 Andrews Forest Management Committee (1)

9-23-19 Andrews Forest Management Committee

Minutes

 

4-28-22 ACF_minutes_220428

3-29-22 03-29-22-ACFC-Meeting-notes

02-28-22 ACF February 28, 2022 Meeting Minutes-Draft

01-31-22 ACF meeting minutes 01-31-22

01-06-22 ACF Meeting Minutes-01_06_22

11-29-21 ACF_minutes_211129

10-22-21 ACF agenda & Notes meeting 10-22-21 .docx + 10.22.2021 Minutes addendum from Brad Elliott

09-27-21 ACF minutes regular meeting 9-27-21

08-28-21 ACF 8_28_2021 minutes (trail design meeting)

07-28-21 ACF_minutes_07-28-21

06-28-21 ACFC 6_28_21 meeting minutes

06-16-21 ACF Meeting Minutes 6_16

05-27-21 ACFC 5_27_21 Meeting Minutes

04-26-21 ACFC 4_26_21 Meeting Minutes

03-29-21 ACFC Meeting Minutes, March 29, 2021

02-15-21 ACF_minutes_210215

02-11-21 ACF draft minutes of 2-11-21

01-25-21 ACF_minutes_25Jan2021

01-14-21 ACF_minutes_14Jan2021

12-28-20 ACF_minutes_28Dec2020

12-8-20 Copy of ACF Meeting Minutes 12_8_20

11-30-20 ACF_minutes_201130

10-26-20 Andrews Community Forest Committee — Meeting Minutes 10.26.20

9-28-20 ACF_minutes_9-28-20

9-14-20 ACF_minutes_9-14-20

8-31-20 ACF committee mins 8-31-20

6-22-20 ACF_minutes_6-22-20

3-23-20 ACF Minutes 3-23-20

2-24-20 ACF Minutes 2-24-20

11-25-19 ACF Minutes 11-25-19

10-28-19 ACF Minutes 10-28-19

09-23-19 ACF Minutes 9-23-19

09-08-19  ACF Minutes 9-8-19

08-26-19 ACF Minutes 8-26-19

06-24-19 ACF Minutes 6-24-19

04-29-19 ACF Minutes 4-29-19

03-25-19 ACF Minutes 3-25-19

02/25/19: ACF Minutes 2-25-19

01/29/19: Forest Committee Minutes 1-28-19

10/10/18: RTFSC Meeting Notes 10-10-18

08/22/18: Minutes

08/08/18: Minutes

07/25/18: Agenda

05/02/18: Minutes DRAFT

04/25/18: Minutes

 

 

Other files