Mapping Vermont’s Natural Heritage

Vermont Fish & Wildlife has a newly-released publication, Mapping Vermont’s Natural Heritage.  The guide was written with community planners and conservation groups in mind, and it is intended to provide guidance on using state-available maps and data in local level planning and conservation work.  The guide has been mailed to every Vermont Town, along with a letter describing the resource.


Representatives from the Community Wildlife Program are available to provide additional copies and answer questions on the guide.  They can also provide details on how Fish & Wildlife sees the guide being used.  |


A PDF version of the guide is available online:

CVRPC Emergency Management Director & Road Foreman’s Meeting

Join us for a day of education and networking. The day will encompass Public Assistance Training by Vermont’s Public Assistance Officer; and a Roundtable on EMD/Foreman Communication. There will also be a separate EMD meeting encompassing municipal incident planning and local emergency management plans; and a Road Foreman’s meriting including safety for supervisors training as well as review of the draft to the town road and bridge standards. Lunch will be provided. Additional details – here.
April 4, 2019 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Waterbury Municipal Office – Steele Community Room
28 North Main Street – Waterbury, VT

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission to change meeting time


Beginning in April, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Commissioners meetings will change from the 7:00 pm start time to a 6:30 pm start time.  Meetings will continue to be held at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce on Paine Turnpike in Berlin, VT.  The public is always welcome at our meetings.


The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a consortium of 23 towns and cities in Washington County and western Orange County.  The Commission provides planning, development, and project implementation assistance to communities.  All municipalities in the region are entitled to equal voting representation by a locally appointed member to the governing Board of Commissioners.


CVRPC projects & programs include:  Municipal plan and bylaw updates; brownfields assessments; transportation planning; emergency planning; energy conservation and development planning and projects; natural resources planning and projects; regional plan coordination and development; Geographic Information System services; grant writing and management; as well as such special projects as downtown revitalization, recreation paths, farmland preservation, economic development, and affordable housing projects.


The next meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm.


Water Wise Woodlands hosts Caring for you Woods Pancake Breakfast March 30, 2019

Decreasing flooding, caring for woodlands and free pancakes!


Montpelier, VT – On March 7, 2019 the National Weather Service issued its fifth Vermont flood outlook for the 2019 winter/spring season, in short the threat for flooding due to runoff from snowmelt and rainfall is above normal in our region. Vermont is no stranger to the damaging effects of flooding. Many residents of Central Vermont remember the devastating flooding which hit Montpelier in March 1992. And even more recently in 2011. Water Wise Woodlands wants to assist rural landowners in Plainfield, Marshfield and Cabot decrease potential property damages caused by flooding. A free pancake breakfast will be held on March 30, 2019 in Marshfield, foresters will discuss how woodland property owners can care for their woods and decrease flood damages, encourage wildlife, and protect water resources.


The Winooski River valley has experienced several devastating floods though out time. Heading up stream from Plainfield, though Marshfield, the river can be traced back to its source in Cabot. Up in the headwaters small tributaries feed into the main stem. During heavy rain events all these small streams collectively contribute to rising floodwaters downstream. Maintaining trees and woods along all the small tributaries can have a cumulative impact, decreasing overall the amount and force of floodwater.

The connection between forests and flooding may not be initially obvious, but forests and woodlands play a key role in absorbing rainfall and melting snow. Forested areas along streams and rivers can help trap and catch debris which would otherwise block bridges and culverts downstream, and root systems can stabilize banks and prevent or decrease erosion. Whether you have 5 or 500 acres of woodland, property owners can help prevent flood damage and produce one of Vermont’s most important forest products, clean water.


Water Wise Woodlands will be hosting a free Pancake Breakfast on March 30, 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm at Twinfield Union School in Marshfield. Professional foresters and other experts will be on hand to share information about how to care for your woodland, wildlife and protect water resources. Breakfast will be followed by a brief presentation and hands on workshops. Participants can choose to participate in a pruning workshop, a tree identification walk, or learn about the first steps of developing a stewardship or management plan for their property.


Water Wise Woodlands is a partnership project between the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Friends of the Winooski River and the Vermont Woodlands Association; with funding from the High Meadows Fund.

What Do You Think Makes a Community Healthy?

Each community has unique needs and challenges when it comes to health and wellbeing. So how do we find out what is needed for the residents of Central Vermont? We ask.
CVRPC is working with Central Vermont Medical Center and over 50 other local organizations to conduct the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This report helps to identify priority needs within the communities we serve, direct resources toward meeting those needs, and encourage a collaborative approach toward community health improvement.
For the first time, we are asking residents to join the conversation about what we need to be a strong community. By taking our survey, your input will be used to help define community priorities in our 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment.
If you live in Washington County or one of the following four towns of Orange County – Brookfield, Orange, Washington or Williamstown – we want to hear from you.
Please join the conversation by taking the ONLINE SURVEY and by sharing this information with your friends and neighbors. The survey is only open until March 31, 2019, so please share your input today.
Thank you for your participation. TAKE THE SURVEY
To find out more about the other organizations who are part of the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment visit

Emergency Management Director Seminar – March 22, 2019


What is an Emergency Management Director and what are they responsible for?


  • Identification of the resources and organizations that would be used to support incident command
  • Creation and maintenance of the Local Emergency Management Plan (Annually)
  • Maintenance of the Local Emergency Operations Center
  • Facilitates Emergency Management meetings with municipal stakeholders
  • Coordinates citizen preparedness initiatives
  • Coordinates volunteer recruitment
  • Participates in the creation of the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (Every 5 years)
  • Participates in the Emergency Manager Certification program offered by Vermont Emergency Management


The EMD seminar is a 2 hour training for EMDs and EMCs with an introduction to duties, available resources, and best practices. This seminar will familiarize EMDs and EMCs with essential information on the position’s roles and functions.  This seminar has been scheduled in the Central Vermont region on Friday, March 22nd from 1PM – 3 PM here at our office (29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, VT).  To register, please use the State of Vermont Learning Management System or contact Jonathan DeLaBruere, Emergency Management Planner, at

Vermont Clean Water Initiative

Love clean water? Learn more about the state’s efforts to restore it this Valentine’s Day through a public presentation and online webinar on the Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2018 Investment Report and Interagency Clean Water Projects Dashboard. Join the Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Initiative Program’s Assistant Manager, Emily Bird, and Operations Manager, Helen Carr, in the Winooski Conference Room (M240) at the National Life Building in Montpelier, or online, on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. For those attending in-person, please RSVP by emailing

NextGen Public Meetings


After developing and refining the NextGen Service plan over the last year, GMT is getting ready to implement our new service structure. We will be holding Public Meetings to discuss the new service design, releasing commuter surveys to make sure we are getting you to where to need to be – when you need to be there, and holding informational sessions. The meetings to be held in the Central Vermont Region are listed below. For additional meeting dates and information, please go to:


Tuesday, 3/19/19 @ 5:30 pm – Waterbury Steele Community Room

Wednesday, 3/20/19 @ 9:30 am – Montpelier Senior Center

Tuesday, 3/26/19 @ 6:35 pm – Central VT Chamber, Berlin


If you are unable to attend the public meetings but would like to make a comment, please email Chris Loyer at

Update to State River Corridor Map

The River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Program is pleased to announce the availability of draft enhancements to the Statewide River Corridor Map. Over the last three years, the program integrated over 2200 miles of field-based stream geomorphic assessment data into the existing statewide map. Updates to the map were informed by field determined valley wall locations, confining features such as bedrock, and sensitivity rating based on physical stream condition. Some changes are based on more recent and detailed map data (e.g., aerial imagery or LiDAR) were also included.


The draft river corridor map is posted on the Flood Ready Atlas and may be viewed in comparison to the applicable Statewide River Corridor Map Layer released in January, 2015.


The draft map will be posted on the Flood Ready Atlas over the next several months to encourage public review of the map updates and allow people ample opportunity to provide information that might further improve the map. Please send proposed map update information to and put River Corridor Map in the subject line. Information submitted should provide specifics about the location (e.g. map, screen shot, latitude/longitude) and a detailed description regarding the nature of the proposed map update.


Additional information and a tutorial are available online @ Updated_Statewide_River Corridor_Map

Planning & Zoning Roundtable on Community Engagement

Community Engagement
A CVRPC Planning & Zoning Roundtable
January 30, 2018 from 6-8 pm
You are invited to join CVRPC and Rebecca Sanborn Stone of Community Workshop to talk about new thinking in community engagement. Flash Mobs, Resilience Bingo, Game of Floods… creative approaches and best practices can move your projects forward. Share your successes and challenges; exchange ideas with Rebecca and your peers; and participate in an interactive exercise. Walk away with catalytic ideas that help you spread your message and draw people into your work.
Location: Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 130 Fisher Road, Berlin.
RSVP Requested as Space is Limited: or 802-229-0389.