- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has helped develop an online atlas to provide more information about the 4.6 million acres of forests in the state.

The Vermont Forest Stewardship Atlas is designed to identify and categorize the state’s forest resources.

Information is related to productivity, human and environmental constraints, and stewardship. It also includes details on ecological, water, scenic and recreational resources.

Organizers say the project allows for more integrated planning of private and public forest lands, with the ultimate goal of maintaining forest lands.

The atlas was developed by the Natural Resources Agency in cooperation with state’s eight regional planning commissions.

Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1Okj7dZ) reports the U.S. Forest Service provided funding for the effort.

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