Seeking member for the VT Urban & Community Forestry Council – due Nov. 1st

Organization:
Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
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Organization Description
The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is a partnership between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the University of Vermont Extension. Its mission is ‘to lead citizens, businesses, and governments in understanding the value of urban and community forests and to promote civic responsibility for and participation in the stewardship of these resources for this and future generations.’ The 20-member Council works with the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program staff to advise on strategic direction and support program delivery. The roles and responsibilities of Council members can be found in the Council handbook (available upon request) and current membership can be found on our program website here: https://vtcommunityforestry.org/our-team/urban-community-forestry-council. Members appointed to the Council represent a broad array of expertise, leadership, and points of view. The Council meets quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September, and December; meetings are typically a full day and held at varied locations across the state. Please note that this is an unpaid position. Commitments asked of members include: - Attend all quarterly meetings (2nd Wednesday of March, June, September, and December) - Attend the annual Vermont Arbor Day Conference (May) - Occasionally volunteer to review grants, award nominations, or resources in development - Provide occasional input on programming or resources via email when requested by staff. The Council is currently seeking an individual to join the 20-seat membership of statewide professionals and volunteers that guide and support the Urban & Community Forestry Program and its staff. To be considered for membership, please provide the following: - Name, affiliation, and contact information - Why you are interested in serving on the Council - What you feel you can contribute to the Council and the Program - Send the above information to elise.schadler@vermont.gov by November 1st, 2022.
Organization's Approach to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion

In 2020 our program staff and Council members identified a goal in our updated 5-year strategic plan to: Increase access to the benefits of trees and urban and community forests for all Vermonters by applying a lens
of environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity across programming.

Since then, our staff has developed a document of guiding principles regarding justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity (JEDI) in VT UCF, addressing the work that the team is undertaking to advance JEDI initiatives at personal and programmatic levels. It was approved by Agency of Natural Resources leadership and now lives on the UCF website here: https://vtcommunityforestry.org/our-team/staff/our-guiding-principles-towards-justice-equity-diversity-and-inclusion.

Our staff has an established monthly JEDI meeting for dedicated time to work together to update measurable goals for the program to approach over the short- and long-term. We continue to work on an action plan to help us track our work and to hold ourselves accountable to the goals and objectives we have identified as priorities.

Board Terms and Term Limits
There are no term limits; Council members recommit every 2 years in June and may step down at any time.
Frequency & Duration of Board Meetings
The Council meets quarterly (the second Wednesday of March, June, September, and December). March is half-day, virtual, and the other three meetings are full-day, in person at varying locations statewide.
Stipends for Board Membership
No, this is an unpaid position.
If Interested, Send Letter of Interest to the Following Point of Contact:
Elise Schadler, Program Manager, VT Urban & Community Forestry Program
Point of Contact Email
elise.schadler@vermont.gov