Project Listing

Warren's Conservation Reserve Fund

Warren's Conservation Reserve Fund was created to conserve forest lands through purchasing land and conservation easements. The Warren Conservation Commission is responsible for the fund and how money is spent. Each year a separate article is voted upon at Town Meeting to maintain the fund. Currently, the fund contains between 10 to 20 thousand dollars.

Tinmouth Town Plan

Tinmouth was one of the earliest town’s in Vermont to develop an actual Town Plan. This process started in 1973, but we will be focusing on when it was rewritten, in 2007. The effect on the landscape is improved by the rewriting of the plan to fit into today's standards. Within the plan, several things are explained in more depth, focusing on the zoning regulations within the area and conserving the land. In the 70's, the Planning Commission looked over about 20 dairy farms, today there is still 6 farms that they look over.

Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association

The Pinnacle on the Windmill Ridge in Westminster Vermont has long been a favorite place for southeastern Vermont area residents to visit and spend time enjoying the outdoors. When access to the Pinnacle was prohibited by a private landowner, a group of people who loved the spot made many attempts to regain the ability to go there again. When a parcel to the north of the Pinnacle became available for purchase, the newly formed non-profit group managed to purchase it.

Hartford's Town Plan Update and Overlay Districts; including Wildlife Connector, Agricultural and Rural Lands

The Town of Hartford includes the villages of White River Junction, Wilder, Hartford Village, Quechee and West Hartford and has a population of 10,000. Although the Town has experienced a great deal of development in the last several decades, the Town is fortunate that much of its rural character remains. In 2002, the Town began a process to update the Town Plan. The process included extensive public participation.

Charlotte WatershED

Founded by the town librarian, editor of the town newspaper, and two members of the Charlotte Conservation Commission, the Charlotte WatershED project hopes to educate the local community about the area’s water resources. Through a series of events including speakers and workshops, this group has made a substantial effort working towards this goal in their town. Charlotte WatershED’s mission not only includes the education of citizens, but also includes a call-to-action to protect water resources regionally.

Linking Lands Alliance

The Linking Lands Alliance is a grassroots educational organization. It began with informal conversations between Conservation Commissioners from Hartford, Thetford and Norwich about wildlife habitat that extends beyond Town borders. These talks lead to the development of an active organization eventually called the Linking Land Alliance or LLA. The LLA, with the help of Jens Hilke at Vermont Fish & Wildlife, developed maps that illustrate ecologically important habitats and areas of contiguous wildlife habitat over a ten-town region in the Upper Valley of Vermont.

Buildout Analysis in Calais by CVRPC

Central Vermont RPC helped Calais do a GIS Buildout analysis to determine the maximum number of new building units that could hypothetically be placed in Calais given current regulations as well as under another scenario. This project helped the town look at its zoning standards and get a sense of where new development was being guided, enabling them to better understand current regulations and changes that might be made to better protect natural resources.

Buffer regulation

In the mid 2000's the Georgia Conservation Commission (GCC) applied for and received a grant for a phase 1 geomorphic assessment of the town's streams and rivers. The intent with this work was to establish stream buffers based on actual "on the ground" information that would determine the correct buffer width for a particular stream. This study recommended 3 buffer widths; 25', 50' and 100' and a map was made delineating these buffers on the different reaches of the streams.

Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project in the Mad River Valley

The Forests, Wildlife, and Communities Project is a collaborative effort between multiple towns and organizations within the Mad River Valley (Fayston, Waitsfield, and Warren). The goal of the project is to raise awareness around strategies to conserve forestland, wildlife, and natural resources. Project partners utilized information from ecological inventories in three towns to produce maps to promote land use planning, zoning and permanent land conservation efforts.

Cold Hollow Woodlots

Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC) is a Regional Conservation partnership that covers 7 towns in the Northern Green Mountain Biophysical region in Vermont. See the separate, "Cold Hollows to Canada" conservation story for overarching information about the creation of this initiative. This story focuses on the private woodlot partnerships that CHC has engaged in.

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