Project Listing

Sue Morse presents "Animals of the North: What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?"

The Bolton Conservation Commission (BCC), the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions and the High Meadows Fund presented: “Animals of the North: What will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?” by Susan Morse, forester, wildlife ecologist and founder of Keeping Track, at Smilie Memorial School on October 4, 2017. Sue's powerpoint presentation about northern animals and the effect that our warming climate is having upon them was illustrated with her stunning, award-winning photography and followed by a question and answer session.

Developing a Wilderness Trail in our Town Forest

A 1.6 mile Wilderness Trail was completed in a remote corner of Bradford's conserved Wrights MT/Devil's Den Town Forest that is managed by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Using funds from AVCC's Tiny Grant Program that was matched with money from the Friends of Wrights MT Fund, Upper Valley Trails Alliance was contracted to complete the work.

Bolton Floodplain Inventory

The Town of Bolton Conservation Commission engaged Arrowwood Environmental to perform a Floodplain Forest Inventory, including documenting existing flora (woody and herbaceous) and areas of existing forest within the the Town, on both sides of the Winooski River. This was accomplished with both the help of those floodplain landowners who allowed access to their land and a survey conducted from the river itself, and use of aerial maps.

Highland Lodge Conservation Easement

David and Wilhelmina Smith, owners of Highland Lodge in Greensboro, recently fulfilled a dream to conserve, in perpetuity, 76 acres west of Craftsbury Road and south of North Shore Road. At a ceremony in Highland Lodge, the Smiths met with Tracy Zschau, conservation director of the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), and Julie Curtin, VLT attorney, to sign a conservation easement agreement with the land trust.

2016 Vernal Pool Field Verification Project for the City of Montpelier, Vermont

This survey, conducted during the second week of June, 2016, included, as its primary product, an updated map of vernal pools for the City of Montpelier (City). The focus of this effort was on field-verifying potential vernal pools formerly identified in a 2007 Natural Community Inventory (Inventory) conducted on behalf of the Montpelier Conservation Commission (MCC) for the City. Other vernal pools, not identified in the Inventory, were also field-surveyed.

Journey's End in Johnson

Journey’s End is a well-used swimming hole and spectacular waterfall carved in the bedrock of Foote Brook, a cold water stream which flows into the Lamoille River. The property contains 25 forested acres along Foote Brook. The brook contains high quality trout habitat and the property hosts deer yards, songbird habitat, and a forested buffer along Foote Brook. Access is a corridor from Plot Road.

Stowe's Cady Hill Forest - Partnership Profile

Since the 1990’s, the private lands comprising what is now Cady Hill Forest had long been identified as one of the highest priority areas for conservation in the town of Stowe. The combination of wildlife habitat, scenic viewshed and recreation trails within walking distance of Stowe Village has made this area immensely popular with the community for its ease of accessibility and wilderness-like experience.

Weeks Forest Carriage Trail

For many years the Guilford Conservation Commission has envisioned a network of public trails in our town with the goal of building appreciation for our natural resources. Much of our work in recent years laid the groundwork for this vision. We have organized monthly walks to explore our natural resource and historic landmarks. We created a guide and map of Guilford's recreational resources for our town's 250th anniversary. We researched and documented several Guilford "ancient" and Class IV roads for reclassification to Legal Trails in 2015.

Lamoille River Paddlers' Trail

A community effort is underway led by the Vermont River Conservancy, to create new opportunities for paddling and fishing along the Lamoille River. Called the Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail, the project’s goal is to establish a network of well-maintained river access points, primitive campsites, and portage trails from the river’s headwaters west to Lake Champlain, as well as to develop recreational guides for visitors. A steering committee of local community members has been assembled to coordinate this effort, facilitated by the Vermont River Conservancy.