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.


Watch The Video: Living with Black Bears with Jaclyn Comeau

Recorded January 14th, 2020 at Dummerston Elementary School

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department biologist, Jaclyn Comeau, shares information about Vermont’s black bears. She talks about what it takes for black bears to be successful in Vermont, what draws them into our backyards and what we can do to prevent future conflicts between people and bears. The program focuses on issues specific to Dummerston and its surrounding communities. A question and answer period follows the presentation. Since 2012, Comeau has been involved with bear studies, including black bear activity and habitat use via remote camera data and with satellite GPS collars. She coordinates and conducts research evaluating the effects of industrial wind development on black bears. Jacklyn also assists Vermont residents with resolving human-bear conflicts.
 

Virtual Events for Winter and Spring

Lots of groups are offering online/virtual events you might be interested in, and we do our best to collect them all for your convenience. See our Events page for a full schedule.

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 Conservation 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. 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 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 6:00 PM at the Dummerston Town Office (currently, virtually), 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 for further information.

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