Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Conservation Commission Minutes 01/26/2017

Weathersfield Conservation Commission Meeting
January 26, 2017

Meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm & adjourned at 9:05 pm.
Attending: Tina Wood, Jeff Pelton, Heather Shand, Harry Temple, Roy Burton

Guest: Hal Wilkins

Hal Wilkins Update:
Hal attended a Town Forest Recreation Planning Initiative meeting led by the UVM Extension. The goal of the initiative focuses on increasing community capacity for forest-based recreation, improving the health and management of town forests, and encouraging forest stewardship on private forestland. There will soon be grants for towns and Hal will apply on behalf of the Weathersfield Town Forest, with monies possibly being directed towards trail building. Hal will seek input from the WCC during the application process.

Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the November 17, 2016 meeting were approved.

Upcoming Workshops:
Trail Use Workshop: How to Build & Maintain Trails for Horses, Bikes and Snow Machines to take place the Green Mountain Horse Association on Saturday, January 28 and Saturday, February 4 from 1-3pm. This seminar is free.

The Vermont Backyard Woods Program will offer a six-week online course for landowners in Windham and Windsor Counties interested in becoming active stewards of their woods. Workshop registration due by February 13, the course begins February 21. The cost is $50. For more information see:

WCC Annual Photo Contest:
Entries due by February 13. Heather will reach out to potential judges for the contest. For details:

Riparian Buffer Project:
Riparian buffers along stream banks provide stabilization of stream banks, preservation of prime agricultural soils, higher water quality, lowered water temperature from shading, and a greater diversity of wildlife. Jeff has learned from Sue Greenall about grants for tree planting along Weathersfield streams. The WCC feels there are areas in Weathersfield that could benefit from tree planting (or shrubs/bushes). This
cannot happen without landowner permission. Roy suggested a trial with a couple of landowners to gauge interest and willingness. There would be no cost to landowners for the plantings.

Action Items:
• Heather to contact judges for photo contest.
• Jeff and Tina to contact a couple of landowners regarding the Riparian Buffer Project.

Upcoming WCC meetings:
February 23, 2017, Martin Memorial Hall, 7pm

Respectfully Submitted,
Heather Shand
WCC, Member and Secretary

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