Project Listing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 within the river basin.

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 the hands of residents.

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 conduct much of the research and interviews of “people of the region” himself.

South of Rt. 9 Integrated Research Project

The South of Rt. 9 Integrated Resource Project is a comprehensive assessment and series of improvement projects that aims to improve the ecological integrity and recreational value of the southernmost tip of the Green Mountain National Forest. Led by the US Forest Service, staff lead an informal assessment and collaboration effort, and then a formal “scoping” process that opens up to the community for recommendations and feedback on the service’s proposal.

Shrewsbury Wildlife Overlay District

In 2008, along with the town plan update, Shrewsbury outlined zoning regulations to more accurately reflect the town’s desires as stated in the Town Plan with respect to the preservation of natural resources. Jens Hilke, a Conservation Planning Biologist with the Agency of Natural Resources was able to develop a habitat suitability map for species moving through Shrewsbury that could better identify priority areas that would need protection. Habitat fragmentation was a primary concern as development from nearby ski areas and Rutland becomes more of an issue over time.

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