The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC), formerly the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC), is a regionally focused collaborative that synthesizes and utilizes forest ecosystem information, facilitates networks and provides tools to understand and monitor the health and management of forested ecosystems across the region.

FEMC committees have developed a regional work plan to tackle priority issues facing the region's forests (download link coming soon). These issues include fragmentation monitoring, curation of climate change indicators, standardization of monitoring methods, soil carbon and management relationships, regeneration and productivity, and stress agent information sharing and coordination. For each issue the Cooperative will develop products, partnerships and new understanding to support all members of the FEMC. These priority issues will be revisited at each Annual Conference of the FEMC.

The FEMC staff supports and facilitates the activities of a much larger network of actively engaged collaborators. While FEMC funding primarily supports ongoing research, monitoring, outreach and data management, the bulk of FEMC activities are accomplished by “in kind” contributions provided by the larger collaborative network.

Many professionals actively contribute to current and ongoing monitoring and research projects, and more than a hundred other contributors have bolstered the monitoring record through their work in years past.

This committed group of active collaborators share information based on a common objective of forest ecosystem monitoring. The Cooperative endeavors to enhance existing coordination and communication efforts, facilitate information transfer, and be able to convene and connect within and across states, all towards increasing our body of knowledge about the ecology of these northern forests.