Craftsbury Conservation Commission…being the stewards our land call us to be.

The major goal of Craftsbury's  conservation commission is to establish community responsibility or stewardship for its natural and cultural resources.

 

The Selectboard have appointed the following residents to serve on the Craftsbury Conservation Commission:

  • Joe Houston, chair; Diane Morgan, Treasurer; June Cook, Secretary; Farley Brown, Elinor Osborn, Leah Szafranski, Steve Wright, Carol Maroni, Carly Brown and Emily Diaz, Susie Houston (Select Board Liaison).
  • Contact Persons: Joe Houston (2016), Farley Brown (586-9973) or Diane Morgan (586-9697)


Regular Meetings of CCC:
4th Monday of each month at 7 pm in the Town Hall


Specific Tasks of the CCC:

  • Assist the selectboard and planning commission with natural resource issues
  • Make an inventory of the town's natural, historic, and cultural resources
  • Encourage the public's understanding of local natural resources


Current Natural Heritage Information

  • 3 Town Forests (Coburn Hill Town Forest Inventory)
  • Craftsbury Academy woodlot
  • Inventory of Trees around the Common


Craftsbury Town Plan—Natural Heritage Section

  • Wetlands Map
  • Soils Map
  • Floodplain Map
  • Deer Wintering Yards Map
  • Significant Natural Communities and Species (23 Natural Heritage sites cataloged and mapped throughout town
    • Plants: northern white cedar swamp; several types of Lady’s Slipper; Straight-leaf Pondweed; Shining Rose and Swamp Valerian
    • Animals: Common loon; Rusty Blackbird; Black-backed woodpecker; Longed Ear Owl

Background: The History

In 1977, Vermont passed the enabling legislation (24 V.S.A. Chapter 118) to establish municipal conservation commissions. The major goal of a conservation commission is to establish community responsibility or stewardship for its natural and cultural resources. There are now 94 conservation commissions statewide. A commission is comprised of three to nine members who are appointed by the selectboard. Each commission tailors its projects to the specific needs and interests of its town. A conservation commission can assist the selectboard and planning commission with natural resource issues; make an inventory of the town's natural, historic, and cultural resources; receive gifts of land for conservation purposes; and encourage the public's understanding of local natural resources. A conservation commission empowers people to take responsibility for their town's natural and cultural resources. At the 2007 Craftsbury Town Meeting, Craftsbury residents voted to establish a Craftsbury Conservation Commission. The proposal for a conservation commission came to the town after a subcommittee appointed by the Craftsbury Selectboard researched how useful the commission would be. Such a commission would help to meet the goals and objectives of the natural heritage section in the Town Plan.

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