Forestry Policies (Vermont)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Vermont

Applies to States or Provinces Vermont
Name Forestry Policies (Vermont)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source 2010 Forest Resource Plan:, Vermont Wood Fuel Supply Study:, Summary of Laws and Regulations:


Vermont forests cover nearly 5 million acres, a large portion of the state. These lands are managed by the Vermont Division of Forestry ( The Division completed its Forest Resources Plan in 2010, which includes discussion of forest wood for energy:

In 2007 the Biomass Energy Resource Center issued "The Vermont Wood Fuel Supply Study", a review of the availability, location, estimated cost, and recommendations for woody biomass material from Vermont forests:

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department imposes rules that require any wood-fueled biomass electricity generators to obtain fuel harvested according to the Vermont Public Service Board standards. These rules also require suppliers to receive approval from VFW prior to harvesting. The rules are established in 30 V.S.A. Chapter 5 section 248:

Chip Harvesters must also be registered with the State and obtain annual license through the Agency of Natural Resources:

Both of the above laws, along with several other forestry-related legislation, can be found in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources "Timber Harvesting in Vermont: Summary of Laws and Regulations".

Policy Contact

Department Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Division Forestry Division

Contact Name Biomass Energy Resource Center

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 30 V.S.A. Chapter 5 § 248

Authority 2: Agency of Natural Resources Chip Harvesting Permit