Mary Ellen Copeland, Chair, has a master’s degree in Resource Management and Administration. She has served as fundraiser and grant writer for several national conservation organizations, has been an active supporter and volunteer at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center since its beginning and is an avid hiker and naturalist. mecope@myfairpoint.net  802.257.0012

Ed Anthes has a degree in planning, and over thirty years experience working with organic agriculture as a wholesaler, retailer and grower. He has been involved in community tree projects in Brattleboro and Tucson, Arizona.

Bill Schmidt’s competence and experience is primarily in forestry as steward of Elysian Hills Tree Farm and currently president of the Woodland Owners Association, land conservation as a steward of conserved land and former regional director of the Vermont Land Trust, and regional and town planning as a former Executive Director of the Windham Regional Commission.

Lynn Levine has been a consulting forester since 1978. She manages approximately 18,000 acres, mostly in Windham County. In conjunction with her work as a forester, she is an environmental educator focusing on topics concerning the forest. She has taught more than a hundred workshops on animal tracking. Lynn is co-author of Working with your Woodland: A Landowner’s Guide and Mammal Tracks: Life-Size Tracking Guide. Lynn has been a resident of Dummerston since 1979 and was a founding member of the Dummerston Conservation Commission. heartwoodpress.com

John Anderson is a carpenter by trade. He is an amateur naturalist and woods rambler by inclination. He is also the author of numerous magazine articles on natural history topics. He is also a long time participant in the Putney Mountain fall Hawkwatch.

Bill Johnson was born and grew up on his family’s dairy farm in nearby Winchester, NH. Earned degrees in agriculture and animal science from UNH and Cornell. Professor of Animal Science and Nutrition at North Carolina State University for three decades, with residencies and collaborative research in Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, Morocco, Costa Rica, Laos and Philippines. Broad acquaintance with agricultural ecosystems in a variety of tropical, subtropical and temperate climates. Since retirement, established residency on Hopkins Rd in West Dummerston (11 yrs) with a variety of interests, including tree farm management on family property in Winchester, hiking on New England mountains, skiing at Stratton and Okemo, hiking and snowshoeing around the hills near home, choral singing, and political activities. Strong interest in sustainable land use and cooperative arrangements for ecosystem conservation, as well as imcreasing recreational and educational opportunities for the present and future human custodians of our natural resources.

Betsy Whittaker is a retired teacher who has lived in Vermont since 1971. She taught for many years in elementary schools including 22 years at the Dummerston School. During this time her students created nature guides for several local areas. Betsy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing. She is a member of the Friends of Black Mountain committee.

Jonathan Royce is Certified Arborist with a degree in Arboriculture from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a practicing arborist for 12 years and has been involved with many tree preservation projects to preserve some of the great historic trees of New England. His mission is to try and save as many old historic trees as possible so they can be enjoyed for many more generations.
Commission Associates

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