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 Lecture Series begins Friday, February 8

The Dummerston VT Conservation Commission will initiate their 2019 winter lecture series on Friday, Feb. 8, 10am-noon at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center. The series is co-sponsored with the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. The overall topic this year is “Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Ecology.” Speakers will describe how recent research describing the genetic makeup (“genomics”) of animals and plants in our environment can be applied to improve conservation management outcomes.

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Vermont

The emerald ash borer has been found near Windham County. Look for our display at Town Meeting.  More information on this invasive pest can be found at https://vtcommunityforestry.org/community/story/are-you-ready-town-meeting-day and vtinvasives.org. 

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 Deer Run Nature Preserve Community Informational Meeting  on BCTV. A written description of the project is also available as is the Dec. 4 article in The Brattleboro Reformer “Brothers Eye 300 Acre Preserve at Deer Run Farm.”

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 (forester.lynn@gmail.com)

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.

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 http://vtinvasives.org/plants/prevention-and-management. 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.

Looking for Volunteers

The Dummerston Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers to help out occasionally with specific tasks like: monitoring Hemlock Woody Adelgid, clearing brush, pulling invasive plants, documenting the status of the town’s waterways, identifying wildlife corridors, helping with maintenance at Dutton Pines State Park and on Prospect Hill, and collecting biodiversity data.

Contact us at info@dummerstonconservation.com or call 257-0012 (and leave a message) if you are willing to be a volunteer or help out with this project.

Newsletter

Don’t miss any of our events! Contact info@dummerstonconservation.com to subscribe to our newsletter.

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, Judy Fink, Chris Olsen