Encompassing 65 wooded acres along Roberts Road in the town of Washington, this forest parcel is one of UVM’s smallest.  While several species including yellow birch and white ash have been planted, most of the growth here is native, representing the classic Vermont hardwood forest.  Washington Forest was originally a leased land established in 1938, but it was reclaimed by the university in the early 1970s and was offered to UVM for silviculture research. Long term research was begun in the 1970s by a faculty member, Dr. Peter Hannah, who was concerned with the regeneration and growth of high value hardwoods. 

Today, the Washington Forest remains within the management care of the Rubenstein School's Lands Committee. Yet, unlike other parcels, there are no restrictions or constraints on this parcel, other than the one-acre rural zoning enforced by the town.  Also, there are no facilities on site, only a poorly maintained dirt road that runs the length of the property.