Science to Action: Richmond

Within the Science to Action project area, Richmond is under a significant amount of development pressure, so the town aims to improve zoning restrictions and bylaws that may protect natural areas. Richmond provided additional financial support for its inventory in light of this developmental pressure and therefore has a more comprehensive inventory than some of the other towns.

Science To Action: Huntington

The town of Huntington is under the least amount of development pressure of the four participating towns, including the protected Camels Hump State Park, and Robbins Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Despite the reduced future threat, Huntington's goals have included identifying natural resource areas and improving regulations that concern their protection. The prevention of forest fragmentation and the delineation of wetlands are two of the top priorities. While the Science to Action plan .. Read More

Brandon Source Protection Area

In 1999 the town of Brandon, Vermont began the process of designating the Brandon Source Protection area. The project stemmed from the fear of degrading the town's aquifer, which was the sole supplier of over 3,500 people in the town. With no means of finding another source to supply Brandon with water, the Brandon Fire District #1 Superintendent, Raymond Counter, began working towards the reclassification of Brandon's water supply.

The first step to the designation of the Brandon Sou.. Read More

Vermont Habitat Blocks and Habitat Connectivity: An Analysis using Geographic Information Systems

The habitat blocks project began as a platform to support conservation on an ecological level. The project involved a steering committee that provided guidance on how to use ArcGIS to create a layer of habitat blocks that could be applied at a state, biophysical region, county, and town scale. Habitat blocks were designated based on existing GIS data and visible elements seen in satellite imagery. After its designation or mapping, each habitat block was ranked for 11 factors relating to biolo.. Read More

Orange County Headwaters Project (OCHP)

The Orange County Headwaters project began to emerge in 2002 in the towns of Corinth and Washington, VT. The project stemmed from a community interest in maintaining the character of the area in the face of increasing development of these largely forested and agricultural towns due to the short commuting distance to Barre/Montpelier and the Upper Valley area of VT and NH. As towns surrounding the area became increasingly more fragmented by development, the landowners of Corinth and Washington.. Read More

Cold Hollow to Canada’s Wild Path’s Tracking Project

In 2012 Cold Hollow to Canada launched a program to get citizens involved in identifying wildlife crossings in their area. The program was based on an identical program originally put in place by the Salisbury Conservation Commission in Salisbury, Vermont. Cold Hollow to Canada heard about this program through a presentation given by Jim Andrews and decided to initiate a similar wildlife crossing program in the seven Vermont towns within their Northern Forest project area.

The Wild Pat.. Read More

Franklin Watershed Committee

The Franklin Watershed Committee (FWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Franklin, Vermont. The organization began when members of the community surrounding Lake Carmi noticed an increase in algal blooms within the lake and feared for the lake's degrading water quality. The FWC is dedicated to reducing the amount of nutrients and sediments that enter Lake Carmi through runoff, with a focus on the Lake's phosphorous intake.

Lake Carmi itself is surrounded by a number of camps an.. Read More

Missisquoi River Basin Association

In 1994, a group of concerned citizens that lived in areas surrounding the Missisquoi River Basin decided that they wanted to donate their time to restore the Missisquoi River. This organized group of citizens soon became a nonprofit group by the name of the Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA). The MRBA is now dedicated to their mission of restoring the Missisquoi River, all of its tributaries, and the Missisquoi Bay through community outreach, fieldwork, and the planting of trees withi.. Read More

Charlotte Significant Wildlife Map and Database

In 2008, the Charlotte Conservation Commission in partnership with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the University of Vermont put together a map and database that provides information about local natural resources for the town. This included significant wildlife habitat, exemplary natural communities, rare species and characteristic landscape features of the area. The purpose of the map is to provide an advisory reference for town planning as well as to put scientific information in t.. Read More

An Enduring Place Publication

An Enduring Place' is a 36 page document that describes the unique connection between the landscape of the Worcester range through the Northeast Highlands and the people that live there. Through articles of business leaders of the region, captivating photographs, and an emphasis on interactions landscape-human interactions, 'An Enduring Place' paints a picture of the region in a compelling manner. The document was written by Tom Slatten, a well-known author from Vermont who was able to condu.. Read More

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