One hundred years ago, Vermont lawmakers passed a Municipal Forest Law allowing for the creation of town forests. Next week a year-long celebration gets underway to commemorate the 1915 law and Vermont's tradition of towns owning and managing their own forests for public benefit.
The celebration kicks off on Tuesday, April 28 at the Vermont Statehouse, with the reading of a joint resolution commemorating the centennial. There's also an interactive map where you can find a town forest near you.
Here's a schedule of Tuesday's commemorative events in Montpelier:
- 10:00 am Resolution Reading on the House of Representatives floor
- 11:00 am Press Conference, Cedar Creek Room, VT State House
- 1:00 pm Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony with Governor Shumlin, State House Lawn
- 2:00 pm Natural and Cultural Walk through one of Vermont’s first City Forests, Hubbard Park