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.


Thank you to all who have responded so far to our 2018 annual appeal!

Esthy & Jim Adler * Terri Armata * Alan Baker * Peter J. Berman * Ben & Jeanne Brumaghim *Capital Tractor * Jean and Gene Ceglowski * Phil & Linda Chapman * Jim and Lodie Colvin * Malcolm *& Carol Cooper * Joe Cornwall * Gail Mauricette and Martin Cummings * Robert Donaldson * Mark & Susan Donavan * Shelle and Stu DuBoff * Dr. Richard and Bonnie Dundas * Fred & Noreen Dunn * Patricia Dupree * Noel Dydo, Dydo Inc. * Robert & Gail Ebling * James Edgerton * Jean Eisenhart * Nancy Faesy * Philip & Pauline Frost * Thomas Greene * Sally Dodge Mole & Dale Gulbrandsen * Tim Marr & Julie Haupt * Chris Heins * Teddy Hopkins * Charlotte & Neil Jacobson * Diane Jaffee * Jeannie Jenkins and Michael Mishkind * Polly and Richard Jones * Anne Hunter and Andrew Knafel * Walter Kinger *Rick & Greer Kobick * Gedeon LaCroix * Diane & Frank Lamb * Bruce & Jan Lingner * Lori and Bill Lundy * Kathleen Fisher and Rocco Maggiotto * John Ezell and Ellen Maloney * Bill & Patricia Mayer * James McCabe * Joe Miles, r.k. Miles * Carl Mohlenoff * Cinda Morse and Bill Fisk * Phil & Fran O'Neill * Arthur & Constance Page * Jim Pullman * Solon & Hira Rhode * Roland and Gail Smith * Dot Sundquist * Chuck Suss * Trevor Mance, TAM Inc. * Telescope Casual Furniture * Londa Weisman * Robert & Nancy Zapletal * Stan & Jane Zecher

Our Batten Kill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Ecoamericorps Habitat Steward, Farrah Ashe, has been SO busy this spring. She helped give a workshop on invasives at Hildene, which included taste tests of garlic mustard cheese dip and Japanese knotweed sorbet (she made them); monitored barberry and Japanese knotweed  sites we treated in 2016; helped plan a floodplain restoration on the Batten Kill; and pulled hundreds of pounds of garlic mustard at the Equinox Preservation Trust. For more information about the activities of the CISMA, see their Facebook page, or contact Farrah at

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Do you have knotweed on your land?
In November, Chris Polatin of Polatin Ecological Services made a presentation on managing Japanese knotweed to the group of landowners in Sandgate and Arlington. You can view the presentation here.