Conservation Commission


Emerald Ash Borer - What do I do with my Ash trees?

January 23, 2020
7 PM, Martin Hall, Ascutney, Vermont

A free public talk.

For landowners with forestland, lawn trees, and road frontage, and for town officials dealing with the safety of public rights-of-way, this talk sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission will be held at Martin Hall (Weathersfield Town Hall, 5254 US Route 5) in Ascutney, VT, Thursday evening, January 23, at 7:00 PM. The presentation will be given by Jim Esden, Protection Forester for the State of Vermont. Identification of the presence of this pest and strategies for dealing with it will be discussed. 

 Volunteer Release Form for Work Day

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 on Lyme disease by Dr. Chesney from Sojourns Health Clinic 
•Helped with Town Forest Recreation Plan
•Identified and researched Town owned land
•plan to administer the conserved Town Forest as soon as a trail head and access can be developed
•lead hikes to significant sites

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.

Heather Shand, Chair(2021)
Jeff Pelton, Vice Chair (2022)
Ryan Gumbart, Secretary (2023)
Roy Burton, Treasurer (2021)
Howard Beach (2023)
Ellen Clattenburg (2023)
Tyler Harwell (2022)
Cheryl Cox (2023)

Coyotes in Vermont Presentation

Emerald Ash Borer documents

Weathersfield Ash Tree Inventory 2019