Vermont Wild Lands Guide Gets Update

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Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A guide to the natural communities of Vermont is well-known to anyone curious about Vermont’s forests, wetlands, mountaintops, and shores.

A completely updated second edition of the guide will be available in late 2019.

This new second edition, co-authored by Elizabeth Thompson of the Vermont Land Trust, and Eric Sorenson and Robert Zaino of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, incorporates recent scientific research about the state’s natural communities and includes descriptions of seventeen newly recognized natural community types.

With photographs, line drawings, and user-friendly writing, the new edition provides insights in to Vermont’s natural habitats. These updates will better inform amateur naturalists and professional scientists alike.

“Natural communities help us understand nature. When people can see patterns across the landscape, they have a better appreciation of nature and a heightened sense of responsibility to protect it,” says co-author Elizabeth Thompson.

Natural communities are also important for the conservation of plants, animals, and habitats in Vermont.

The book is published by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy, and the Vermont Land Trust, and it is distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing.

It is currently available for pre-order online ( and is expected to be for sale in local bookstores by November 15.

source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department