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.

Volunteer 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 mecope@fairpoint.net or call 802.257.0012

Newsletter

Don’t miss any of our events! Contact mecope@fairpoint.net to subscribe to our newsletter.

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)

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.

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.

Garlic Mustard Identification and Control

The Commission encourages people to pull this invasive on their property and a long the roadsides now through Mid-May according to the instructions in the linked article.

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