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.

Winter Educational Series begins Feb. 7 with a presentation by Mark Breen of VPR.

click here for complete schedule

Volunteers Needed

The Dummerston Conservation Commission is looking for someone to handle publicity.

The volunteer would be responsible for distributing information about conservation commission programs by alerting the media and updating our online newsletter. In addition the volunteer would promote events by making posters which can be distributed by commission members. These tasks would require a couple of hours a week – more or less depending on how many programs are sponsored. None of this requires starting from scratch. We have detailed lists of contacts and various templates already in place. The volunteer would be welcome at conservation commission meetings but attendance is not required. This would be a great opportunity for someone who has good computer skills to give back to the community and help the environment. Please contact MaryEllen Copeland at or call 802.257.0012

We also need volunteers for special projects such as:
clearing brush, pulling invasives, documenting the statue of the town’s waterways, identifying wildlife corridors, helping us with maintenance at Dutton Pines and on Prospect, collecting data.

 Contact us at info@dummerstonconservation

Deer in the Woods

Are there too many, too few or is the number just right? It’s a big question with many factors to consider. Watch our latest program on BCTV – Deer in the Woods. Read the article in the Brattleboro Reformer where Lynn Levine, forester and environmental educator, advocates for more hunting.  You may also want to read Deborah Luskin’s review and analysis, or listen to her commentary on VPR.


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Dummerston Sightings Blog

Check out the blog for news about recent sightings in our town. For information on posting your own sightings contact Lynn Levine (

Trail Guide to Prospect Hill

The new trail guide to Prospect Hill is now available. It can be printed out and folded into a small brochure. The guide is also available on site and at the Town Offices. The guide was created by the fifth grade at Dummerston School with help from environmental educator, Lynn Levine, and teacher, Lindsay Glabach. Thanks to the American Forest Foundation and the Dummerston Conservation Commission for their financial support.

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. Here’s a link to a fascinating program featuring the state archaeologist – An Archaeological History of Vermont.

Current Projects

Our projects include sponsoring educational programs and Rain Garden oversight. Members are involved in stewardship of Black Mountain, Prospect Mountain, and Dutton Pines State Park. We are monitoring invasive insects and inventorying rare plants.For information on managing invasive plants on your land see In the spring of 2017 the commission donated new nature books to the Lydia Pratt Library and the Dummerston School. 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.

Wild (Poison) Parsnip

This plant has been found in Dummerston. Its sap can cause painful burns.

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, Bill Johnson, Jonathan Royce, Judy Fink