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.

IN THE NEWS

TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS IN 2014
BCCD helps landowners, municipalities, non-profit organizations and other entities find, fund, and implement solutions to conservation problems. Here are some of our successes this year.

  • We served as the project coordinator for the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium (BCSFC). The Consortium sponsored five workshops —on logger safety, helping road crews respond to the invasion of emerald ash borer, surveying for hemlock wooly adelgid, and more. Eighty-eight learners, young and older, participated.
  • We helped loggers comply with the state’s Acceptable Management Practices for timber harvesting by renting skidder bridges at a low monthly cost. Skidder bridges help loggers keep streams clean.
  • We coordinated two river projects in Rupert – the removal of a post-Tropical Storm Irene berm and the stabilization of an eroding streambed. The grants we wrote enabled to the Town to rent equipment and purchase rock. The Rupert road crew supplied the labor for both projects.
  • We served on a team seeking to conserve the so-called Walloomsac Headwaters Park and Natural Area (WHPNA)—four parcels totaling 169 acres of water, woods and wetland near downtown Bennington. We developed an interim management plan for Park. The Town will close on the properties in January 2015.
  • We coordinated the planting and fencing off of 0.9 acres of riparian buffer along one mile of the Batten Kill. Students from the local technical center’s Forestry program, and a crew from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps lent a hand.

All of these projects were made possible by your support—by your financial gift, your donation of volunteer time, your good counsel, or your encouragement. We are very grateful to have you on our team.

Thank you! The board and staff of the Bennington County Conservation District

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