2018 Summit Schedule

Saturday, September 29, 2018 Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT

Caring for Vermont’s Waters – What We Can Do!

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Program Schedule

  • 8:30 – 9:00am          Registration
  • 9:00-9:30am             Welcome and Opening Remarks, AVCC elections.
  • 9:30-10:30am           Keynote Address– David Deen, Vermont Legislator
  • 10:45-11:45am         Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)
  • 11:45–12:45pm        Lunch & exhibitor space
  • 12:45pm–1:45pm    Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)
  • 2:00-3:00pm             Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)
  • 3:00-3:30pm              Closing – AVCC Board

3:30-5:00pm               Optional Field Trip with River Scientist Shayne Jaquith of The Nature Conservancy to the nearby Poultney River! “River Management: Historic Alterations, Channel Evolution and the Consequences for Nature and People“.

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10:45-11:45am 12:45pm–1:45pm 2:00-3:00pm
Vermont’s Ecology & Environment: An Introduction to Town Planning for Natural Resources. (NR1), Monica Przyperhart (Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department) (Participants should pre-register for this training by emailing Monica.przyperhart@Vermont.gov after you’ve registered for the Summit & must attend all three sessions.)
Various wetlands, streams and rivers are prioritized for action and some qualify for a higher level of protection (Zapata Courage & Angela Allen , VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation) Reconnecting Vermont Rivers Through Municipal Action ( David Rosa VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation) Protection & Restoration of native fish, amphibian & reptile populations. (Will Eldridge, VT Fish & Wildlife Department
How to engage land owners (Mary Russ White River Partnership ) CWSRF Marc Companion, Sea Grant Managing Different Points of View when Working to Improve Water Quality (Laura Dlugolecki, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation)
Social Media for Communication & Impact (Amber Collett, Senior Associate at Seiche, & Stephanie Gomory, Communications Director at Vermont Natural Resources Council) Effective Leadership/Facilitation ( Suzanne Trahey Snelling Center) Effective Leadership/Facilitation ( Suzanne Trahey Snelling Center)
PFOA in Bennington County (David Bond Bennington College)

 

FIELD TRIP: 330-5pm (Optional) This year’s Summit features a field trip with river scientist Shayne Jaquith from the Nature Conservancy.

Meet in the Atrium (outside Gorge, the main room) at 3:30 for a short presentation and field walk to visit the banks of the Poultney River. The field trip will be between ½-1 mile in distance along a flat trail through field and forest.

River Management: Historic Alterations, Channel Evolution

and the Consequences for Nature and People

(Shayne Jaquith, The Nature Conservancy)

Around the world and here in Vermont there is a long history of managing rivers for human settlement and commerce.  This management aimed to control the course of rivers and keep floodwaters in the channel and off the floodplain.  Such management works completely contrary to the natural processes that result in the river’s most stable form and highest ecological function.  Today, as it attempts to restore degraded water quality, instream habitat and flood resiliency; Vermont wrestles with the legacy of the historic river management paradigm.

This short presentation and river walk will introduce you to the history of river management in Vermont and, response of Vermont’s rivers and the consequences for Vermonters and Vermont’s natural world. The field trip will be between ½-1 mile in distance along a flat trail through field and forest.