The Big Picture

Think of all we value in the landscapes that enfold us here in southwestern Vermont:

  • Our streams, rivers and lakes - the clean waters they transport, the opportunities for recreation they provide, the organisms (trout! loons!) that live in them.
  • The forests that cloak our Green Mountains and Taconics - the natural areas and wildlife habitats they represent, the clean air and dark skies they protect, the timber and other resources they offer.
  • Our working farms - the fresh and healthy products of all kinds they make available to us, the agricultural economy they sustain, the scenic vistas they preserve.

The Bennington County Conservation District works to conserve them all, for all of us.


Japanese knotweed is a pernicious invasive species that, once established, greatly reduces streambank and in-channel habitat quality and increases the potential for streambank erosion. Unlike other watersheds in Vermont, the species is just becoming established in the Batten Kill watershed. Tidd Brook, a tributary of the Green River, is the historic source of the infestation on the Green River. The Green River is the major source of infestation downstream on the Batten Kill. BCCD has been working with landowners along those streams to create a knotweed management association. The work is funded by a grant from the state’s Conservation License Plate program.

In November, Chris Polatin of Polatin Ecological Services made a presentation on managing Japanese knotweed to the group. You can view the presentation here.