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Standing Trees Vermont works to protect, preserve and restore forests on Vermont's federal and state public lands.

-  Brenda Peterson

Photo credit: Zack Porter

Photo credit: Zack Porter

By allowing the forests on federal and state lands to grow unfettered from active management and logging, they will slowly return to their natural state. As such, they will provide the maximum benefits to plants and animals that depend on them, they will absorb the most carbon, provide the most oxygen, absorb the most particulates, efficiently provide the cleanest water, and protect against extreme weather events.

Events + News

Summer 2021: Voice Your Support of the Trees

The US Forest Service is planning another project that will involve more logging in our Green Mountain National Forest – the Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project. This project is within Windsor, Rutland and Addison Counties, primarily within the town of Chittenden and small portions of Goshen, Killington, Mendon, Pittsfield, Pittsford, Rutland Town, and Stockbridge. Logging plans for this project will be on top of the 40,000 acres that have already been approved. 


RSVP using this form created by the GMNF to get on the email list and receive updates.

Watch the video from the July 14 USFS meeting regarding the Telephone Gap project here.

May 2021: Conversation with Danna Smith of Dogwood Alliance

March of the Trees

On May 7, 2021 (Vermont's Arbor Day) a joyful group of trees marched down the streets of Montpelier to a gathering at the state capital building. Their goal was remind our state government (and us!) that if we leave trees standing, they will help mitigate the climate disaster we face by absorbing and storing CO2, helping us avoid ever greater biodiversity loss. The event was hosted by the Upper Valley Affinity Group and supported by Standing Trees Vermont, Bread and Puppet Theater and Extinction Rebellion Vermont.

To commemorate Arbor Day on Friday, a gathering of Vermonters marched through downtown Montpelier in support of trees’ role in stabilizing the climate. The Upper Valley Affinity Group was joined by Standing Trees Vermont, Bread and Puppet Theater and Extinction Rebellion Vermont.

Only 3% of Vermont is permanently protected (guaranteed as legally possible) to reach old forest status.

Old forests are biologically mature forests, often having escaped stand-replacing disturbance for more than 100 years.


This map shows carbon storage density (darker green equals more carbon) with New England circled in red. New England is clearly among the most important regions in the US in terms of carbon storage.


Source: NASA -

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