|Li Shen, Chair|
|Jim McCracken, Vice-Chair|
|Bob Pulaski, Treasurer|
|Ann Lavanway, Secretary|
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.
Trail or Other Alteration on Thetford Town Property
Forest Stand and Land Feature Maps:
Wetland Inventory Map (10 MB)
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)
“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