Conservation Commission


Emerald Ash Borer - Educational Walk

Saturday, September 26, 2020

10:00-11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Location: Goulden Ridge Road & Morningside Drive, Weathersfield, VT

The Weathersfield Conservation Commission is leading a walk to raise awareness of the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an alien, invasive insect, has killed millions of ash trees across the U.S. and is now in Vermont and in the nearby towns of Londonderry, VT and Plainfield, NH. This insect will impact the ash trees of private forestland owners and also our town budget because it is a common tree in our town road ROWs.

Commission members Roy Burton and Ryan Gumbart, with a background in forestry, will explain ash tree identification, signs and symptoms of EAB and the local, regional and global impacts of the infestation.

Please maintain social distancing and wear a mask out of consideration for yourself and others.
All are welcome.

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