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.

Conservation Commission Needs Your Support

Among the many, varied activities of the Dummerston Conservation Commission, the most visible have been our education and outreach programs, along with maintaining this website. These also happen to be the most expensive things we do. Therefore, while formulating our plans for the next couple of years, the Commission decided to launch a fundraising campaign to augment the allocation we receive from the Town. Successful completion of the campaign will enable us to implement future plans without severely curtailing our investments in educational and outreach programs.

A few weeks ago we initiated a “pre-campaign” appeal to a small group of Dummerston residents, whom we invited to become “first contributors” to the campaign. We are pleased that more than a dozen contributors stepped forward to kickstart the campaign. Their generous donations, added to leadership gifts from members of the Commission, have allowed us to raise more than 60% of our eventual goal.

Now we are entering the critical public phase of our campaign, with a goal of raising at least an additional $2,000 from the wider community of Dummerston residents and some of our friends in neighboring towns.

We’re asking for your financial support. A gift at this time will allow us to plan our future programs with the confidence that they will be as informative and entertaining as you have come to expect.

Along with your donation we welcome your suggestions. Please tell us which programs and events you have especially enjoyed. Tell us also about any new ideas you have for speakers and topics.

If you can, please show your support to our programs today!

Checks should be made out to “Town of Dummerston” with the notation “Donation to Conservation Commission.” Town Treasurer, 1523 Middle Rd, Dummerston, VT 05346

Brochure: 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

Part 1 of Tom Wessels’ series on “How Nature Models Sustainability”
will be aired on BCTV at the following times:
Wed., Mar. 4 — 3 am, 1 pm
Thurs., Mar. 5 — 8 pm
Fri., Mar. 6 — 10:45 am
Sat., Mar. 7 — 4:30 am, 5 pm

Meetings

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

Current Projects

Educational programs, Trail Committee (Prospect Hill), Rain Garden (Route 30), Friends of Black Mountain, Invasive insect pests. 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.

Invasives

In light of the threat from the Emerald Ash Borer, a wood-boring insect from Asia that attacks native ash species, Betsy Whittaker and Lynn Levine of the Dummerston Conservation Commission have mapped ash trees along Dummerston roads. Surveying most of the town roads, they counted 540 ash trees, estimating a total of 800 white ash. See
ash tree map. For more information on this potentially dangerous pest and other invasives, go to:
http://vtinvasives.org.

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