Project Listing

Worcester Woods Conservation Initiative

The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) as of October 2014 purchased approximately 5,600 acres of forestland known as Worcester Woods. This land purchase from the Deer Lake Timber Company is in an effort to achieve the overall goal of conserving more than 19,000 acres of land within the north-central areas of Vermont. Worcester Woods has an ideal combination of favorable management history and numerous contiguous tracts of undeveloped land. Wildlife habitat protection through the Staying Connected Initiative, is a major objective with the conservation of forestland.

Critical Paths Wildlife Tracking

The Critical Paths Wildlife Tracking project developed a concise methodology to determine and document zones of frequent wildlife road crossing along the roads within the Green Mountains and the Northeast Kingdom areas of Vermont. Structural computer models were first implemented to determine where wildlife is likely to cross roads. Professional wildlife trackers were hired to determine the location and species of wildlife crossing the roads. Roadside tracking occurred in a two-part segment by the hired wildlife trackers.

Biofinder: A Tool for Identifying Wildlife Hotspots

In response to Vermont citizen inquiries about what wildlife or habitat was important in their town, or where they should focus their conservation efforts and from developers wanting to know where they could site energy generation facilities, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, along with numerous partners, established and implemented the Natural Resources Mapping Project. The result of this effort was Biofinder, a map and database identifying important ecosystems, biodiversity hotspots, natural communities, habitats, and species throughout Vermont.

Brushwood Community Forest

The Brushwood Community Forest is a 1,059-acre municipal woodland owned by the town of West Fairlee, Vermont.
Brushwood strategically adjoins the 1,400-acre Fairlee Municipal Forest. (A few hundred acres of Brushwood actually lie within the town of Fairlee.) Together, these two town forests are part of one of the last significant blocks of forestland in the ecologically significant Upper Connecticut River Valley.

Plainfield Town Plan Update

Plainfield recently updated their town plan. The new version was adopted in February, 2014. The updated plan added a significant amount of conservation language throughout the document. Plainfield’s vision statement directs the town to foster appreciation for Plainfield’s natural resources. To ensure this goal, in addition to enhancing and strengthening the conservation language in the chapter on natural resources, critical conservation-oriented strategies and objectives were added to other chapters.

Community Value Mapping in the Northern Green Mountains

In 2009, Cold Hollow to Canada Forest Link Project, the Staying Connected Initiative, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department hosted a gathering which brought together community members from the towns of Enosburgh, Montgomery, and Bakersfield. The goal of this meeting was to compile a multitude of community-value maps created at the event into a single map which depicted areas of high community value overlap.

Linking Lands Alliance – Science Mapping

The Linking Lands Alliance (LLA) is a grassroots citizen group focused on conserving wildlife habitat and restoring forestland. The LLA is comprised of 10 towns located in the Upper Valley of Vermont (Hartland, Woodstock, Hartford, Vershire, Thetford, West Fairlee, Pomfret, Sharon, Strafford, and Norwich). In 2009, LLA contacted the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in hopes of creating a map of natural resources in their area. This resulted in a very collaborative effort between the members of LLA and Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Department’s conservation planning biologist, Jens Hilke.

Staying Connected Initiative – Land Use Planning

The Staying Connective Initiative is an international collaboration which aims to sustain, create, and promote habitat connectivity throughout northern New England (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine), New York, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Maintaining a viable, unfragmented landscape for wildlife is one of the main focuses of this effort. In total, there are 21 partners working together at a variety of scales to achieve the greater goal of connectivity throughout the Northern Appalachian region of the U.S. and Canada.

Tiered Ecological Communities Map - From Science to Planning

The Forests, Wildlife, and Communities Project is a collaboration among the Mad River Valley Planning District, local and state conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, and representatives in the towns in the Mad River Valley. The Forests, Wildlife, and Communities Project is involved in various efforts throughout the Mad River Valley which seek to implement a regional and landscape level approach to wildlife and forestland conservation through public and community involvement.

White River Partnership Trees for Streams Program

The White River Partnership (WRP) is grassroots, non-profit organization formed in 1996 by a group of community members who wished to protect and improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed. The WRP approach attempts to address natural resources issues while preserving the cultural and economic integrity of the White River watershed communities.

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