Wednesday, February 1st @ 6:00 p.m. – Dummerston Community Center; 166 West St.; West Dummerston
The event is being presented by The Dummerston Conservation Commission and the Windham Regional Woodland Association.
Sam Schneski, Windham County Forester, will explore the specifics of this new option in the Use Value Appraisal (Current Use) program. This event is especially important for folks enrolled in the Current Use program or who are considering enrolling in the program, which requires a minimum of 27 acres. There are currently 200,000 acres of land in Windham County enrolled in the Current Use Program. Property owners in the program receive a reduction in property taxes for agreeing to manage the forests according to an approved forestry plan. Prior to the new option, there were only a few available exceptions to managing the forestland for timber production. The new rules now recognize the value of old growth forests in maintaining biodiversity. The goal of the new option is to accelerate the development of “old growth forest” conditions, which are estimated to be less than 1% of Vermont’s forestland. Sam will explain the recently released guidelines from Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation covering the criteria for eligibility to use the new option.
Attendees are required to wear masks for the protection of everyone’s health.