Did you know:

  • Vermont is getting warmer! Our average annual temperature has increased 2.6°F since 1895.

  • Vermont is getting wetter.  Our average annual precipitation, whether as rain or snow, has increased by 1.5 inches per decade since 1960.

  • Vermont's growing season has been extended by two weeks!

Vermont forests are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate change will likely affect many of the services our forests provide, from environmental series like clean water and wildlife habitat to economic values like recreational opportunities, forest products, and tourism from fall foliage. Vermont's forested landscape has already been impact by these changes to our climate. From changes in the amount of precipitation we experience, and how our native trees, shrubs and plants are distributed across the state and to the arrival and spread of invasive plants and forests pests, the future of Vermont’s forests will be shaped by environmental changes linked to climate change.  Vermont is fortunate to have many partners working in collaboration to prepare for the short term and long term impact of climate change on our forests. Through planning and implementing management strategies that create resilient and diverse forests, we can help Vermont's trees and forest adapt as the climate changes.

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