About Us

Welcome to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is charged with oversight and management of Vermont's natural environment on behalf of the people of Vermont. We endeavor to draw from and build upon Vermonters' shared ethic of responsibility for our natural environment, an ethic that encompasses a sense of place, community and quality of life, and an understanding that we are an integral part of the environment, and that we must all be responsible stewards for this and future generations.

Our Leadership

The Agency of Natural Resources is led by Secretary Julie Moore, appointed in January 2017 by 82nd Vermont Governor Phil Scott.

What We Do

The Agency of Natural Resources is comprised of three departments.

The Department of Environmental Conservation's mission is to preserve, enhance, restore and conserve Vermont's natural resources, and protect human health as it relates to the larger environment. Through its programs, the DEC manages water and air quality, regulates solid and hazardous wastes, and administers a number of pollution and waste reduction programs.

The Department of Fish & Wildlife conserves Vermont's fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for Vermonters to enjoy. The department includes over 125 biologists, game wardens, educational coordinators and support staff committed to five divisions: Fisheries, Wildlife, Law Enforcement, Outreach and Administration.

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is responsible for the conservation and management of Vermont's forest resources, the operation and maintenance of the State Park system, and the promotion and support of outdoor recreation for Vermonters and our visitors. In addition, FPR is responsible for the acquisition, planning coordination and administration of all Agency of Natural Resources lands.

In addition to these departments, the Agency of Natural Resources supports certain initiatives extending beyond the traditional specializations of any single department. Cross-Agency topics include climate change, flood resilience, and invasive species management.

Getting to Know the Agency of Natural Resources

The ANR Central Office Records Management Policy (opens as a pdf) has information about our records retention schedules.

Act 250 is administered by the Land Use Panel of the Natural Resources Board, which is an organization that is independent of the Agency of Natural Resources. Visit their website, or view the Act 250 searchable database.