At 85% forested, Stowe is rich in forests. They are one of our most important ecological, economic, and social assets. Working forests are managed for timber and other forest products while providing a host of other benefits including clean water, flood control, wildlife habitat, clean air, carbon sequestration, beautiful scenery, and more. Forest-based recreation and tourism including skiing, mountain biking, and leaf peeping have replaced Stowe’s local wood manufacturing industry that prospered in the 19th century. Still, Stowe’s working forests continue to be local sources of lumber, firewood, maple syrup, and wild edibles. Private woodlands owned by individuals, families, and businesses – along with publicly-owned State and Town Forests – are all significant contributors to Stowe’s working forest landscape. Much of the Stowe area’s private forestland is enrolled in the State’s Use Value Appraisal Program.
Stowe Land Trust protects productive forestland that can help support a sustainable and innovative forest-based economy.