2022 Vermont Forest Industry Summit

June 9, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – June 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
Burke Mountain Resort
223 Sherburne Lodge Road
East Burke
$25 - $50
Christine McGowan
802 828-5770

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will host the 2022 Vermont Forest Industry Summit on June 9th & 10th at Burke Mountain Resort in East Burke, Vermont.

This year’s Summit will include keynotes and panel discussions on a range of topics of interest to Vermont’s forest economy businesses and partners. Among them:

  • The impact of climate change on forest management
  • New and innovative wood products in the region
  • Access to capital for forest and wood products business ventures
  • Marketing your forest or wood product business, and much more!


Day 1 – Thursday, June 9, 2022

2 – 3:20 p.m.                          Welcome and Opening Keynote

The Future of our Forests

Welcome – Christine McGowan, Coordinator, Vermont Forest Industry Network

Introductory Remarks – Commissioner Mike Snyder, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Keynote – Terry Baker, CEO, Society of American Foresters. Baker will discuss the state of forestry in the US and the important role that forestry and the forest products industry plays in confronting environmental challenges such as climate change and keeping our forests as forests. Baker will take questions from the audience.

3:20 – 3:30 p.m.                                 Break

3:30 – 5 p.m.                                      A choice of 4 Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Session 1:                           Climate adaptation and resiliency in Vermont’s forests and along the forest supply chain

Session 2:                          Business Roundtable – Problem-Solving Workforce and Supply Chain Challenges

Session 3:                           Outdoor Recreation and Forest Products Sectors: Finding Synergies in the Landscape and Workplace

Session 4:                           Communication in the Age of Misinformation


Day 2 – Friday, June 10, 2022

8 – 9 a.m.        Registration              (for Friday only attendees)

9 – 10:30 a.m.                        Welcome and Plenary: Investing in our Forest Future

10:30 – 11 a.m.                      Break

11 – 12:30 p.m.                      A choice of 4 Morning Breakout Sessions:

Session 1:                              Emerging Growth Opportunities in Vermont’s Forest Economy

Session 2:                             Markets – Local Forest Products in Mass Timber Construction: Unlocking the Next Steps

Session 3:                             Finding Workers: Apprenticeships and other workforce pipeline opportunities for the Forest Economy

Session 4:                             Investing in the Forest Economy – How Forest Economy Businesses Can Tap Into Funding Opportunities

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.                               Buffet Lunch and Speakers

Vermont state lawmakers in attendance will offer remarks on efforts to support Vermont’s forest economy