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.

 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. Links to Parts One and Two of Bob Engel’s program “Biological Communities” are now available.

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.For information on managing invasive plants on your land see http://vtinvasives.org/plants/prevention-and-management. 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.

Asian Longhorn Beetle

ALB

As summer arrives it’s time to be on the lookout for the Asian Longhorn Beetle. This destructive pest has been found in the surrounding states, but if it’s detected early its spread can be slowed or stopped. Trees at risk include maple, poplar, willow, birch, ash, elm, and hackberry. Adults are 1 to 1 ½ inches in length. They have a shiny, jet black body with white spots. The long antennae are banded in black and white.They exit the tree through dime size holes that are perfectly round. If you find one collect it in a jar and put it in the freezer. Contact www.vtinvasives.org 866-702-9938. Don’t be fooled by the look alike. The male White Spotted Sawyer is metallic black with one white dot at the base of its wing covers. The female is brown with speckles and a white dot at the wing base.You can help prevent the spread of the ALB. Firewood is an easy path for invasive pests. Don’t bring firewood into Vermont from out of state.

 

 

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