Please see the final Sunrise Report.

Should Foresters be Licensed in Vermont?

The Vermont Legislature has asked the Office of Professional Regulation to conduct a preliminary assessment of whether foresters should be licensed in Vermont.

The Office of Professional Regulation is tasked with objectively gathering information about the profession and preparing a report for the Legislature. Our goal through this process is to be fully educated about all relevant issues and to be receptive to all views. We hope to hear from any person who has an interest or opinion regarding this question. Please review the information provided here and email us to share your thoughts.

To properly prepare a report for the Legislature, the Office of Professional Regulation must answer a series of questions leading to a well-considered recommendation on whether to license foresters or not. We seek your input. Please review the questions listed below to help guide your input. Are we asking the right questions? If there are other questions that should be asked, please contact us.

Comments and Questions

Please click here to email us your comments or proposed questions or email your comments to sos.fornullesters@nullsec.stanullte.vt.unulls. Be sure to leave your mailing address and telephone numbers in case we need to contact you for more information. Feel free to provide as much information about yourself as you wish.

Comments by mail are also welcome. Please mail them to:

Foresters Sunrise Review
Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

We have scheduled a second public hearing to receive input: 

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Office of Professional Regulation Conference Room
City Center 3rd Floor
89 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont

We look forward to hearing from you.



Questions Regarding Foresters

  1. Have foresters caused harm to Vermonters or the environment? (Please give specific examples.)
  2. What harm or danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public can be demonstrated if foresters continue to practice without some form of licensure?
  3. What benefit can the public reasonably expect if foresters are licensed, and how would it be measured?
  4. Is there a need to assure that foresters have a certain amount of education, training, or experience?
  5. Is the public protected from harm cause by foresters by means other than regulation? (For example, criminal penalties, consumer protection laws, national organizations, employment relationships, small claims court, civil litigation, etc.)
  6. Can you provide us with the names of any groups or organizations that should be contacted for this review?


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