Andrews Community Forest
Meets the fourth Monday of the month in the evening unless specified otherwise. Please see Front Porch Forum announcements or the town calendar (https://www.richmondvt.gov/calendar) for start time and Zoom link.
The Andrews Community Forest Committee is currently seeking to fill three seats. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to Assistant to the Town Manager Duncan Wardwell at dwardwell@. Please also fill out richmondvt.govthis form along with a letter of interest. Letters are currently being accepted.
There is one seat available that is nominated by the Andrews Community Forest Committee, there is one seat that is nominated by the Trails Committee, and there is one seat that is nominated by the Conservation Commission. Letters of interest will be sent to all three committees for consideration. The nominations along with letters from all interested parties will then be forwarded to the Selectboard. The Selectboard will make the final appointments.
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.
Proposed updates to the management plan
Proposed updates available for review via the following documents.
- A version with “track changes” turned on (i.e., showing both original and updated language, with modifications indicated by colored text): Management plan with updates visible.
- A clean version in with the changes in the above document have been made (i.e., what the document would look like if all changes were implemented): Management plan with updates integrated.
- Draft Appendix D re: indigenous land acknowledgement and indigenous land use agreement: land-acknowledment-and-use-agreement-appendix 1.31.21 draft (5179783_1)
VELCO will be maintaining the power lines that run through the Andrews Community Forest May-December 2023. VELCO has a longstanding easement supporting access to and work on the lines.
Activities will include maintenance on one transmission tower, managing plants with the potential to interfere with the lines when larger, and removing a small number of trees that pose a threat to the lines. VELCO staff will also be eliminating invasive plants growing along the transmission lines. Active work areas will be within the transmission line area and will be easily visible to forest visitors.
Please see minutes and files associated with the April 24 2023 meeting for additional information (link).
9 members – 3-year term
|Members||Term Start||Term End||Type|
|Bradford Elliott – Conservation Commission Recommendation||2023||2026||Appointment|
|Daniel Schmidt – Co-Chair, RCC Representative & Communications Assistant, richmondtownforest at gmail.com||2021||2024||Appointment|
|Chase Rosenberg – Trails Committee Representative||2022||2025||Appointment|
|Ian Stokes - Co-Chair, richmondtownforest at gmail.com||2023||2026||Appointment|
|VACANT - Trails Committee Recommendation||2021||2024||Appointment|
Access upcoming meeting documents by clicking on the meeting.
Andrews Community Forest 12/18/23
6 PM–7:30 PM
Andrews Community Forest 1/22/24
6 PM–8 PM
Andrews Community Forest 2/26/24
6 PM–8 PM
Andrews Community Forest 3/25/24
6 PM–8 PM
Andrews Community Forest 4/22/24
6 PM–8 PM
Andrews Community Forest 5/27/24
6 PM–8 PM
Materials related to the proposed trail route
During the February 28, 2022 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.
- 2018 Management Plan - Describes the vision for the forest as per public engagement activities in 2018 when the forest was acquired by the town (associated maps and appendices available here here).
- Trail design RFP - Describes the parameters and goals under which the ecologists (Arrowwood) and trail designers (Sinuosity) developed their proposal.
- Initial report from ecology (Arrowwood) and trail design (Sinuosity) companies - Describes ecological features identified by Arrowwood, proposes trail routes based on RFP parameters and ecological features of the forest, describes rationale for proposed trail route.
- Follow up report from Arrowwood and Sinuosity - Includes comments posed to these companies by the committee related to concerns about trail routes proposed in the initial report
- Minutes from Feb. 28 committee meeting
- Map of updated proposed trail route
Public comment on the proposed route
In addition to input from the community during all committee meetings, the ACFC has had two structured public comment periods. Outputs from those structured comment periods is below.
- Public comments related to the March 29 public meeting, report by third-party facilitoar Melissa Levy - March 29 2023 public event comments report
- Public comments related to proposed trail route and committee responses - ACF trail proposal comments spring 2022_v.220531
Ongoing management actions
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.
- Request for proposals
- Arrowwood Environmental Contract (ecologist)
- Sinuosity Contract (trail designer)
This resulted in a proposed trail route represented in the report and map at 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@) to join his mailing list; vermont.gov
- 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this project.
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).
- Emails and Time Line on Western Gate on Andrews' Community Forest: ACF western gate installation chronology, 12-3-20 (with small update on page 3)
- Farm to Forest - The Andrews Community Forest. A paper by Angus Bisgard Cummings: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1064&context=envstheses