The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Vermont’s conservation commissions and to encourage the establishment of more conservation commissions in the state. AVCC is a membership organization, with conservation commissions as well as individuals as members. Founded in 1990, AVCC is overseen by a volunteer board of directors.
2022 Tiny Grant Applications
Applications for the 2022 Tiny Grants must be submitted by April 8, 2022. Click here to see details and download the application form.
2021 Tiny Grants Announced
Tiny Grants provide seed money and/or matching funds for conservation commissions to undertake specific projects in land conservation, education and outreach, stewardship and management, and planning.
Seven Vermont towns were granted funds in 2021. Click here to read our official announcement of the 2021 Tiny Grant Winners!
2021 Conservation Summit
The 2021 Conservation Summit “Caring for Land” was a great success. Though the COVID pandemic again forced us to go entirely virtual, we were nonetheless able to meet and immerse ourselves in several interesting and related topics. In her opening session, Judy Dow set the scene of “going through the Narrows” as a metaphor for the path ahead in a world of changing climate and helped us focus ourselves on this journey and the path ahead. Then, Dr. Bill Keaton addressed the caring for the land theme with “Carbon Friendly Forests and Forestry” breaking out the key points landowners and conservationists need to know about the basics of carbon forestry and carbon markets. From there, Lynn McNamara and Zapata Courage delved into “Balancing Recreation and Ecological Goals” in our land management with wonderful insights into wetland management and examples from The Nature Conservancy’s stewardship of Raven Ridge. Alicia Daniels took us “On the Trail of Wildlife with a Vermont Master Naturalist” and we were able to do a virtual hike to Raven Ridge understanding the same place with a different lens as she addressed how appreciation of the landscape helps bring people to manage it with love and respect. Lastly, Judy Dow offered the keynote address, bringing together all these themes and engaging participants in a lively discussion. Many thanks to our presenters, sponsors, and participants and especially to Judy Dow for her leadership in this effort! Click Here to see recordings of 2021 and other Conservation Summit sessions.
Spotlight on Success Stories
AVCC compiles success stories from across Vermont in the first of archive of its kind to document local conservation successes. Click here to find the Success Stories Library, where you can submit your own story and search/browse for others.