University of Vermont

The Green Forestry Education Initiative


Encompassing 500 acres of woodland off Tarbox Road in Jericho, this is UVM's largest and most widely used forest. The university acquired the Jericho property in 1941 from the city of Burlington.  As part of the agreement, Burlington paid for the purchase and planting of over 70,000 coniferous trees.  The forest includes a mix of natural stands of northern hardwoods and white pine, and plantations of native and exotic conifers.  Buildings in the forest consist of an eight room house, a laboratory/shop, a classroom/garage, and an equipment storage shed. This ecologically diverse tract is readily accessible from campus by a well maintained dirt road, which extends into the forest allowing for motorized vehicle use.  

The forest at Jericho provides an excellent opportunity to explore forest conservation through real-world learning. Although once considered to be a very productive farm, the farm was nearly completely exhausted by 1939. A detailed conservation plan with extent of soil erosion, forest stocking, and condition of fields written in 1937 provides a valuable reference. The farmhouse, now in need of substantial repair, will provide a wealth of opportunities for conservation education.

Download Draft Work Plan (PDF)

Visit the Spring 2006 Service-Learning Project Pages


From Burlington, take I-89 South to exit 11 (Richmond), turn left off the exit ramp going under the interstate and turn right onto Rt. 117. Travel for about 3 miles down Rt. 117 and take a right onto Barber Farm Road.  About a 1/2 mile down Barber Farm Road take a right onto Tarbox Road.  Tarbox is a dirt road and may be in poor condition during the rainy/mud season.  About a 1/2 mile down Tarbox the road forks, bear to the right and this road will lead you to the UVM house on the Jericho Forest property.



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