The Mission of The Hinesburg Town Forest Committee is established for the purpose of providing stewardship for both
the 837-acre Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF) and the 301-acre LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest (LHTF). The Committee shall
serve in an advisory capacity to the Selectboard, Commissions, or Town staff as appropriate in matters relating to the
HTF and LHTF, and in consultation with the Chittenden County Forester shall make recommendations to the Selectboard for
management of the Town Forests.
To accomplish this mission the Committee will work to:
- Implement the LHTF Management Plan, as adopted by the Selectboard on December 7, 2009 with any
plan updates thereafter.
- Create and implement a comprehensive management plan for the HTF.
- Utilize, as appropriate, existing documents and resources such as the 2006 Vermont PLACE Program Report, extensive
management information that has been collected by County Foresters to serve as both a historical record of the forest and a
working document to guide decision makers for the future.
- Consult with key experts to educate the Committee and the public through walks and talks on the HTF land. Experts might
include, but are not limited to staff from Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation; Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Vermont, and
- Meet with representatives of various recreational and other interested user-groups in town, including, hunters, ATV users,
bicyclists, horseback riders, etc.
- Submit draft forest management plan to the Selectboard by December 2010.
- Hold public forums from time to time to educate the broader public about the forests.
- Coordinate the management of both the LHTF and HTF into the future.
Composition and Organization:The Committee shall consist of up to nine
(9) Hinesburg community members, appointed by the Selectboard for terms of three years. Initial appointments will be
staggered three members appointed for one year terms, three members appointed for two year terms and three members
appointed for three year terms). The County Forester shall be asked to serve as an advisor to the Committee.
At its organizational meeting, and annually thereafter, the Committee shall elect (by majority vote of those present)
a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer. The chairperson shall be responsible for establishing
an agenda and running the meetings, the vice-chairperson shall be responsible for running the meetings if the chairperson
is absent, the secretary shall be responsible for documenting the meetings in the form of public minutes, and the treasurer
shall be responsible for maintaining a record of any transactions of the committee and filing said record annually with the
Town Clerk as a public record of the Town.
Time, date and location of the meetings will be publicly posted in the municipality, and meetings are open to the public in
accordance with the terms of the open meeting law. The Committee will establish a meeting schedule that is adequate to address
the workload, and meets the needs and schedules of the committee members. Regular monthly meetings are suggested.
In order to maintain membership in good standing, members are expected to regularly attend Committee meetings. The Committee
shall establish a schedule to report annually to the Selectboard, and will contribute reports on a quarterly basis for distribution
via the Town’s electronic newsletter.
The Hinesburg Town Forest, in a rural residential context on Hayden Hill, has an extensive hill farm history
and diverse and functioning natural communities and wildlife habitat. It is used by the public as a place for
recreation, quiet solitude, demonstration of sustainable forestry, water quality protection, carbon storage,
and public education.
The Hinesburg Town Forest will be managed for the benefit of the local community, using a triad approach that
designates zones of (1) intensive use, (2) intermediate use, and (3) light duty use and/or reserves. Zones will
be formed by matching opportunities present in specific forest sites with potential uses; every site will not
support every use. All uses and management must be compatible with sustaining water quality, wildlife habitat,
and general ecosystem function and health over the long term. Permitted uses and management will be reviewed and
modified as needed based on experience and the best available information.
The following are the goals of the town of Hinesburg, and its residents for the sustainable management of the Hinesburg
Town Forest (HTF). All of the goals are of equal importance, and therefore, do not represent any priority in the order
they are presented:
Management Plan Documents:
- Use the forest as a model and example of the value of forests to the community, including promotion of educational
and community uses that are compatible with other management goals.
- Maintain and enhance ecological connections between the HTF and the larger landscape.
- Allow natural processes to govern the HTF ecosystems and model any active management on these processes to the
- Demonstrate sustainable forestry practices that protect and enhance the ecosystem function and health.
- Protect and/or enhance habitat for native species, including game and non-game wildlife.
- Protect and promote the natural and human made elements of historic and environmental significance for
educational and cultural purposes.
- Manage non-commercial, recreational opportunities that are not incompatible with the other management plan goals.
- Manage the allowed uses of the forest in such a way that they do not adversely affect the rural residential
nature of the neighborhood.
- Protect water quality.
- Monitor and respond to changes.
- Maintain the forest in at least its present parcel size and configuration.
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December 5, 2012
November 7, 2012
October 2012 – No Meeting
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