Westford Conservation Commission

Starting in 2016 the Westford Conservation Commission, in partnership with the Vermont Land Trust, led an effort to conserve a parcel of forested and agricultural land across the road from the Westford School. Over the next two years, the WCC worked with VLT to bring the project to completion, conducting community outreach and fundraising and eventually acquiring the parcel in 2018. The 130-acre forested portion of the parcel was conserved and became the Maple Shade Town Forest (MSTF), and th.. Read More

Cornwall Conservation Fund Appropriation Approved by 86% of Voters

Cornwall has had a Conservation Fund since 2016, proposed and defined by the Conservation Commission and Cornwall Planning Commission and approved by the Select Board. However, up until March 2021, there had been no approved appropriation of money into it. At the March 2020 Cornwall Town Meeting, voters approved the creation of a Conservation Fund Planning Group to study how towns in Vermont fund their conservation activities. This group collected data and communicated via email, telephone .. Read More

Enosburgh Town Forest Trail Cam Project

The Enosburgh Conservation Commission received and $300 grant for the purchase of two trail cams. The trail cams have been up and running in the Enosburgh Town Forest since August. We've produced a series of Youtube videos edited from the captures and have gotten good responses from these on our social media. The cameras are moved around once a month depending on whether or not they are getting any triggers. We've captured video of Fisher, Bear, Deer, Grouse, Fox, Raccoon, Coyote and more. .. Read More

Japanese Knotweed Removal in Brattleboro, VT - Brattleboro Conservation Commission

The Brattleboro Conservation Commission was awarded the 2019 AVCC Tiny Grant for the purposes to help eradicate the invasive Japanese knotweed from portions of West River Park. With assistance from Tiny Grant Program, the Brattleboro Conservation Commission was able continue with a second season of managing Japanese knotweed along the banks of the West River in the West River Park. The funding allowed the Conservation Commission to purchase loppers, pruners, tarps and work gloves so that comm.. Read More

Richmond Conservation Reserve Fund

After an earlier attempt narrowly failed to win voter approval, in late 2004 the Richmond Conservation Commission tried again. In a single day at a holiday fair, volunteers gathered enough signatures on a petition that compelled the Selectboard to put an article before voters on Town Meeting Day 2005 calling for the establishment of a Conservation Reserve Fund. The commission then worked with the Selectboard to write the article, setting a funding level of one cent on the tax rate for five ye.. Read More

Ripton Invasive Plant Pull Tools

This is an ongoing project for the last 5 years of the Ripton Conservation Commission. It has the goals of:
- Reducing the population and spread of invasive plant species along roadways in town.
- Involving folks so they can be empowered to act on invasive species on their own.
- Coordinate efforts between towns to provide tools and resources so that individual towns don’t need to purchase specialized tools.

Beaver Meadows wetland complex – Class I classification

This project was to have the Beaver Meadow’s wetland complex classified as a Class I wetland with a 400’ buffer, vs. the normal 100’ buffer. The 66-acre Beaver Meadow wetland complex is located within the towns of Ripton and Bristol with a small section in Middlebury, and is wholly within the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). It is owned and managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Beaver Meadows complex has been identified as an Ecological Special Area by the US Forest Service.

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Forest Management Plan: Town of Burke Municipal Forest

Funding from AVCC allowed the Burke Conservation Commission to Hire Northwoods Stewardship Center to write a Forest Management Plan for a town forest in Burke, Vermont. The Town forest is 9.4 acres of primarily softwood, with some hardwood, a small perennial stream, and a forested wetland. Although, not particularly usable for human recreation, it offers excellent wildlife habitat.

Property Owner's Permit Guide

The project was initiated after the Town received public requests for improved local permitting process guidance and explanation for what the purpose is for new zoning regulations addressing river corridors, forest blocks and wildlife corridors. The Selectboard appointed a committee of landowners and business owners to develop a permit guide, mirrored on the State of Vermont's "Do you need a State Permit?"

A draft guide was completed by the committee and $1,500 through the VNRC Small G.. Read More

Cooperative Conservation Commissions in Orange County

The Randolph and Braintree Conservation Commissions have been working together to extend our reach with a number of public outreach activities. Over the past year we've led a winter bird walk through one of our town forests, had a speaker come in to talk about the local deer populations and are planning another springtime bird walk and a presentation on vernal pools. We're able to reach more people by combining forces. Randolph has good public meeting spaces and the Braintree commission has a.. Read More

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