About AVCC

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.

2023 Conservation Summit

Our 2023 virtual summit and annual meeting was held on Thursday, October 19th. During the meeting, we recognized and appreciated Nancy Jones’ over 20 years of dedicated service to the Board, and announced that she is not seeking another term. After a brief financial snapshot of AVCC, we heard an overview of the recently passed 30×30 law in Vermont and the work that lies ahead in its implementation. It was wonderful to hear from members of Conservation Commissions in 7 communities across Vermont who have received AVCC Tiny Grants to support their work in the past. Thank you to the Conservation Commission members from Bolton, Hartford, Jericho, Johnson, Monkton, Richford, and Shrewsbury, who shared their important work with us. 

Stay tuned for the upcoming Statewide Conservation Summit in Spring 2024, which promises to be a significant opportunity for collaboration and progress in conservation efforts. 

2023 Tiny Grant Applications

Applications for the 2023 Tiny Grants must be submitted by March 31, 2023. Click here to see details and download the application form.

2021 Tiny Grants Announced

Tom Hinckley (and Maggie) from the Putney Conservation Commission, mapping the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer along town roads, funded in part by a 2020 Tiny Grant.

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.

Click here to read our 2020 Annual Report.

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.