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.
The Agency of Natural Resources is led by Secretary Julie Moore, appointed in January 2017 by Vermont Governor Phil Scott.
What We Do
The Agency of Natural Resources is comprised of three departments.
- The Department of Environmental Conservation exists to advance clean air, clean water and healthy communities. The Department's 300 staff manage programs to protect water and air quality, regulate solid and hazardous wastes, and administer 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 cross-agency topics include climate change, flood resilience, and invasive species management.
Act 250 is administered by the Land Use Panel of the Natural Resources Board (NRB), which is an organization that is independent of the Agency of Natural Resources. Visit the NRB website, or view the Act 250 searchable database.
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