Conservation Commission

Thetford Conservation Commission Logo Li Shen, Chair
Jim McCracken, Vice-Chair
Bob Pulaski, Treasurer
Ann Lavanway, Secretary
Libby Chapin
Sue Fritz
Steve Lehman
Jeffrey Smith
Sue Tallman

SAVE THE DATE!  Kick Off event for ‘The Year of Secret Lives”, Thurs., March 9th

It happens every year- late winter temps begin to move above freezing, snows start to melt, and the first night rain comes. Hidden in plain sight to most of us,  a natural phenomenon is unfolding. Tiny frogs and salamanders leap and scramble across our country roads in a mass migration. You may hear the peepers and see the wood frogs in your headlights, but the spotted salamanders who are on the march may get missed altogether.

Please join us for a peek into the fascinating secret lives of our amphibian friends. Learn about ‘Big Night” — the perilous journey to heed the mating call —  and the trills and thrills of the vernal pool community.

Popular pied piper, Tom Tyning, has spent years researching in the shallow water, observing the wonder of the vernal pool community. As master Audubon naturalist, college professor, author and authority on amphibians, Tom is well prepared to share some “insider” stories, stunning photographs, and the real science behind the curious spring happenings at vernal pools. Come be astonished!

WHEN: THURS., March 9th: 6 pm for hands-on exhibits; 6:30 pm Tom’s presentation

WHERE: Thetford Academy Theater, Thetford, VT

All ages welcome  –  Free Admission  –   Refreshments served

Proudly sponsored by the Thetford and W. Fairlee Conservation Commissions

 

What Does the Conservation Commission Do?

Our commission is interested in many issues and to better inform our neighbors of our purpose we would like to list some of the most significant and long-lasting work we are or would like to be involved in.

  • Promoting the establishment of local conservation funds for land conservation work.
  • Being stewards of municipal lands.
  • Inventorying the natural and cultural resources in our town so we know what is most important to conserve before it is too late.
  • Promoting the local economy of the working landscape.
  • Encouraging a land ethic and respect for all living things with whom we share our communities.
  • Creating opportunities for townspeople to recreate and celebrate living more closely with the land.
  • Participating in local planning, zoning, and developement review.
  • Working to prevent or stop polluting activities.

We encourage any Thetford resident who would like to work on these types of projects to contact us or attend our monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:00PM at the Town Hall.  

Meeting minutes are listed at the bottom of this page.


 

Walking Guide of Thetford 


 

Town Parcels:

Hughes Forest Conservation Easement

Post Mills Natural Area Conservation Easement

Request for

Trail or Other Alteration on Thetford Town Property

 

Forest Stand and Land Feature Maps:

Hughes Forest

Post Mills Nature Area

Town Forest

Wetland Inventory Map (10 MB)

Reports:

Report on Ompomp Water Tests – Summer 2006

Report on Ompomp Water Tests – Summer 2007

Audobon Vermont Forest Bird and Habitat Assessment of Town Parcels

Ompompanoosuc Phase I Geomorphic Assessment Report – 2009

Ompompanoosuc Phase I Geomorphic Assessment Appendix – 2009

Invasive Exotic Plants & Native Alternatives

Thetford Conservation Commission By-Laws

Conservation Project Assistance

Thetford Wetland Inventory 2011 (3MB)

Ompomp River Corridor Plan 2011 (32MB)

Ompomp RCP_AppendixA 2011

Ompomp RCP_AppendixB 2011 (21 MB)

Ompomp RCP_AppendixC 2011 (14 MB)

Garlic Mustard CONTROL Thetford

Forest Observations Descriptions and Prescriptions for Thetford August 2008 (2)

Thetford Land Management Plan August 2008Thetford Land Management Plan

MAP All location August 2008

“You don’t own the land. The land has come from forever and is going to forever. The house that I own was built over two hundred years ago, and with a little luck will be here well over two hundred years from now. So I’m living in it but I don’t consider it to be precisely mine. I’m simply living there. There’s a certain degree of stewardship in most things.” Howard Mansfield, The Same Ax, Twice

 

Minutes:

 2017  2016  2015
01-11-2017  01-13-2016  01-14-2015
 02-23-2017 DRAFT  01-27-2016  01-28-2015
02-10-2016  02-11-2015
 02-24-2016  02-25-2015
 03-09-2016 03-11-2015
 03-23-2016  03-25-2015
 04-13-2016  04-08-2015
04-27-2016  04-22-2015
 06-22-2016 05-13-2015
 07-13-2016 05-22-2015
 08-10-2016  07-22-2015
09-14-2016  08-26-2015
 10-12-2016  09-23-2015
 11-09-2016  10-14-2015
 12-14-2016
 11-11-2015
 12-09-2015
  2014   2013   2012
01-22-2014  01-9-2013  01.11.2012
02-12-2014  01-23-2013  02.08.2012
02-26-2014  02-13-2013  02.22.2012
03-26-2014  02-27-2013  03.14.2012
04-08-2014  3-20-2013  03.28.2012
04-23-2014   4-10-2013  04.11.2012
05-14-2014  4-24-2013  05.09.2012
 5-8-2013  05.23.2012
07-09-2014  5-22-2013  06.13.2012
08-13-2014  6-12-2013  08.08.2012
09-24-2014  6-26-2013  08.22.2012
10-08-2014 8-14-2013  09.12.2012
10-22-2014 9-11-2013  09.26.2012
11-12-2014 10-09-2013  10.10.2012
12-17-2014 11-13-2013  11.14.2012
12-11-2013  11.28.2012
 12-12-2012
2011 2010 2009
01.26.11 01.13.10 01.14.09
02.09.11 01.27.10 02.11.09
02.23.11 02.10.10 02.14.09
03.09.11 03.10.10 02.25.09
03.23.11 04.14.10 03.11.09
04.13.11 04.28.10 03.25.09
04.27.11 05.12.10 04.08.09
05.11.11 05.26.10 04.22.09
05.25.11 06.09.10 05.09.09
06.08.11 06.23.10 05.13.09
07.13.11 07.14.10 05.27.09
09.14.11 08.25.10 06.10.09
09.28.11 09.22.10 06.24.09
10.12.11 10.13.10 07.08.09
10.26.11 10.27.10 07.22.09
11.09.11  11.10.10 08.12.09
12.14.11 12.08.10 09.23.09
11.11.09
10.21.09
2008 2007 2006
01.09.08 01.10.07 02.08.06
02.27.08 01.24.07 03.08.06
03.12.08 02.28.07 04.12.06
04.09.08 03.14.07 05.10.06
04.23.08 04.11.07 06.21.06
05.14.08 04.25.07 08.09.06
06.11.08 05.09.07 09.13.06
06.25.08 05.23.07 10.11.06
08.13.08 06.13.07 11.08.06
08.27.08 06.27.07 12.13.06
09.10.08 07.11.07
09.24.08 08.08.07
10.08.08 09.12.07
10.22.08 10.10.07
11.12.08 10.25.07
12.10.08 11.14.07
11.28.07
12.12.07

09-14-2016

08-10-2016