The mission of the Dummerston Conservation Commission is to promote community responsibility and awareness of our conservation needs and to encourage stewardship of the natural habitat.

For news about recent wildlife sightings check out Dummerston Sightings Blog
Share your sightings by posting your photos to Dummerston Sightings. Contact Lynn Levine (forester.lynn@gmail.com) to add your own photos.

Biological Communities: Their Ecology and Conservation.
 Mon. Feb., 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14
10 am to 12 noon
Biologist Bob Engels will present a four-part series of lectures on community ecology. Discussion will include techniques used to define communities, characteristics of various communities, and interactions within them. We will explore threats to communities and whether the nature we perceive today will persist into the future.
To preregister contact Jane Michaud. janemichaud29@hotmail.com or 802.254.1343 The cost is $15.00 for each session or $50.00 for all 4 sessions. You may also register at the first class. The Learning Collaborative, Rte. 5, Dummerston. Sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission and Bonnyvale Enviromental Education Center.

 

Clearing on Prospect Hill

Here’s a link to a short Youtube video that shows the clearing that was done on Prospect Hill in early September. The Prospect Hill Trustees (a group of local volunteers and the Dummerston Selectboard) contracted with ForestSavers to have the summit cleared of brush and invasives while preserving the blueberry bushes. Several large trees were cut back to open up the view. Take a walk up and see the work yourself! Please park at the town offices and use the Park Laughton Rd access.

Walks and Trails in Dummerston

This brochure (created by the Dummerston Conservation Commission) is available at local businesses, the town office and on-line (linked above). Thank you to the The Association of Vermont Conservations Commissions, the KOA Campgrounds, the Scott Farm, and Forest*Care for their generous support.

Educational Programs

Many of our educational programs are available on line at the Brattleboro Community Television Website or on BCTV Channel 8 or 10. You can find links to our programs by going to our Projects page and looking under Educational Programs. Check out this recent presentation on Lyme Disease by Jeff Ward. http://brattleborotv.org/dummerston-conservation-commission/dcc-lyme-disease-risk-complex-ecosystem-93014

Current Projects

Our projects include sponsoring educational programs and Rain Garden oversite. Members are involved in stewardship of Black Mountain, Prospect Mountain, and Dutton Pines State Park. We are monitoring invasive insects and inventorying rare plants. Our email outreach connects residents to activities and presentations in the area. In addition the Conservation Commission provides information to the Planning Commission as they work on the town plan, and the commission meets regularly with other local Conservation Commissions.

 

 

The Conservation Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Dummerston Town Office, Dummerston, VT. Anyone who has an interest in supporting the mission of the commission is welcome to attend. Meeting times and place are subject to change. Please check the events listing or call 257-0012 for further information.

Conservation Commission Members
Mary Ellen Copeland-Chair, Ed Anthes, Bill Schmidt, Lynn Levine, John Anderson, Betsy Whittaker, Jane Michaud, Bill Johnson, Jonathan Royce

 

Please continue to check the site for the Conservation Commission activities and information about natural Dummerston. The Commission is collecting information and pictures for this site. Please send them to: info@dummerstonconservation.com.

For more information about the town of Dummerston, go to http://www.dummerston.com

For more information please contact
Mary Ellen Copland at 802 257-0012