The Weathersfield Conservation Commission serves the Town by identifying, protecting, and preserving:
•significant natural and fragile areas as identified by Elizabeth Thompson in her 1992 work: "Biological Natural Areas of Weathersfield, VT"
•outstanding water resources (ponds, rivers, aquifers, wetlands and vernal pools)
•significant roads, waterways and views
•the quality of the air, water, wildlife and land resource
We also provide advisory environmental evaluations to the Planning Commission on the impact of subdivisions on our natural, scenic and historic resources which include checking for deer wintering areas, prime agricultural soils, wetlands & streams, steepness, fragile areas, historic, rare plant and animal communities, etc.
This year we:
•co-sponsored a talk by the Upper Valley Land Trust on conservation easements
•led a Garlic Mustard Pull (an invasive plant) at the Dan Foster House
•plan to complete our Tree Canopy map of town roads
•will co-sponsor 'A Sense of Place' potluck supper and celebration of the land on Sept. 17, 2014 with the Weathersfield Land Protection Assoc.
•will sponsor a wildlife photo contest
•plan to administer the newly conserved Town Forest as soon as a trailhead and access can be developed
•lead hikes to significant sites
•will update our Agriculture Brochure
•are working on an aquifer map of the Town
•maintain the Wildlife Inventory on the Town's website
An important duty of the Conservation Com. is educating the public and we have had workshops on: Invasive Species, Vernal Pools, Amphibian Crossings, and plan to have more. We have brochures on Invasive Species available at the Town Office.
Our meetings take place on the fourth Thursday every month at 7:00 PM at the Center Meetinghouse Church and we would welcome visitors and any input.
Tina Wood, chair (2016)
Susan Hindinger Sec. (2016)
Roy Burton, Trea. (2015)
George Ainley, site visit co-ordinator (2015)
Harry Temple (2017)
Heather Shand (2017)
Jeff Pelton (2017)
Hal Wilkins, ex-officio