Huntington Community Forest

Huntington Center, Vt.

The Huntington Community Forest (HCF) is a 245 acre municipal forest located in Huntington, Center Vt. bordered by Brewster Pierce Elementary School, Main Road, and Trapp Road and with an additional small parcel bordering the Huntington Recreation Field and the Huntington River. The HCF was acquired in 2020 with generous support from the Trust for Public Land, U.S. Forest Service, Vermont Land Trust, the L.L.Bean Community Foundation and numerous other entities and individuals.

The Huntington Community Forest is open to a wide range of recreational uses including hiking, biking, skiing, and snowmobiling (on the designated VAST trail).

The Huntington Community Forest Stewardship Committee (CFSC) is tasked with developing a Stewardship Plan, with updates at regular intervals, which addresses uses, management, and guides decision-making. The CFSC is the principle stewardship and management entity for the HCF.


Upcoming Forest Events

  • Apple Tree Release day (?)- March 9, 2024 - March 10, 2024  

  • Apple Tree Release day (?)- March 9, 2024 - March 10, 2024  

  • HCF Committee Meeting- March 21, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


HCF News

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Trail Management Plan

The HCF Stewardship Committee has authored and adopted a Trail Management Plan to guide new trail development and existing trail maintenance.

Forest Management Plan

The CFSC has approved a Forest Management Plan developed with the assistance from Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper. Read the Plan here.

Kiosk Installation

Community Forest Kiosks were installed near the entrance to the Huntington Community Forest from Brewster-Pierce Memorial School and at the Huntington Recreation Field! The kiosks were built by Timber Homes, Vt. of Montpelier, and installed by Huntington volunteers. The kiosks were made possible by a generous grant from the L.L.Bean Community Foundation.

Community Forest Dedication!

The Huntington Community Forest dedication took place on July 17, 2021. Congratulations to all Huntingtonians for this great achievement! Thanks to the many, many volunteers, staff, and partners that put in untold hours to make this possible.

Stewardship Plan Completed

The final Huntington Community Forest Stewardship Plan has been released for review and authorization by the Huntington Selectboard.


Maps

Mobile Trail Map

You can download the Avenza Maps app, and easily load our custom Huntington Community Forest trail map into your phone. The app will show your location on the map as you explore the Forest!


After installing the Avenza Maps app on your device, tap the ‘+’, and scroll down to add a map from URL type in huntingtonvt.org/trailmap and the map will download to the app. After downloading, you can use the app and trailmap while offline without a cellular or wifi connection.
We periodically update this map- to refresh it, delete this map from your Avenza “My Maps” page, and add it again using the instructions above.

Online HCF Map

Interactive Map of the Huntington Community Forest

Click below to open a full screen interactive map of the Huntington Community Forest. This map shows property boundaries, trails, notable features, natural resources, and more. Explore the tools to turn on and off layers, draw or measure on the map, even slide to reveal aerial imagery from 1962! When you are ready, use the print tool in the upper right to make a pdf of the map that can be printed.


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Community Engagement

During development of the Forest Stewardship Plan in the summer and fall of 2020, the Huntington Community Forest Stewardship Committee hosted 5 public forums to gather input from the Huntington community. The forums each had a particular stewardship focus, and began with brief presentations by experts in the field.

Land Use

Managed Land Use: Logging, Agriculture, Sugaring, Non-forest Timber Products, other Income Generating Land Use.

With Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper

Natural Resources

Managed Land Use: Logging, Agriculture, Sugaring, Non-forest Timber Products, other Income Generating Land Use.

With Vt F&W Biologist Everett Marshall

Recreation


Managing multiple recreational uses on public land


With Vt. Forest Parks & Recreation Specialist Kathryn Wrigley

Education

Planned educational uses of the forest by BPMS staff and students, infrastructure needs and desires, and potential challenges of mixing educational and public-use outdoor spaces

With BPMS Staff and Principal Sally Hayes

Hunting & Trapping

Wildlife management with a focus on hunting, game species, furbearers and trapping. Managing land used by both hunters and other recreational activities

With Vt F&W Biologists Nick Fortin & Kim Royer, Warden Lt. Sean Fowler


Community Forest Documents