Become a Forest Pest First Detector
Vermont's Forest Pest First Detectors program prepares these volunteers to meet, work with and educate the public about exotic tree pests. First Detectors are on the front line of defense against high risk forest pest infestations, such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. Learn more about the Forest Pest First Detector Program.
survey for hemlock woolly adelgid
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to inspect hemlock trees for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) and report suspected sightings. If you’re interested in being out in the woods, inspecting hemlock stands and sending findings to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation then this opportunity is for you. Learn more about surveying for HWA.
Map Invasive Plants
Help track which invasive plants are present in Vermont and where they are by participating in our Mapping for Healthy Forests, Vermont iNaturalist project. Knowing what plants are where makes it easier for all of us to prioritize, plan, and execute treatment strategies.
Statewide Invasive Plant Phenology monitoring project
In the second full week of each month of the growing season, volunteers observe invasive plant phenology (life stage) across the state, submit that data, and it is reported in the monthly FPR Insect & Disease reports. Knowing how invasive plants are behaving at different latitudes and altitudes helps us all understand how plants respond to changes in climate and growing conditions, and allows us all to adjust our treatment plans accordingly. Please be in touch if you’d like to be part of this collection effort.
Invasive Plant Resources for Volunteers
Print and pocket this Field Guide for 12 invasive plants common in Vermont
Check out Bud Buds, the podcast tracking the real time seasonal changes of invasive plants in Vermont
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Protect our aquatic resources - Become a vermont invasive patroller!
Early detection is vital to protecting Vermont’s water bodies from harmful invasive plants and animals. With more than 800 lakes and ponds throughout the state, volunteers play a key role in surveying efforts. Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIPs) monitor water bodies for new introductions of invasive species and report their findings to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).