Upcoming Summit for the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC), October 5 in Bradford

Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions’ (AVCC) ANNUAL SUMMIT is less than three weeks away. The AVCC Board has lined up an exciting array of speakers lined up. Kate McCarthy from Vermont Natural Resources Council will be keynoting the event with tools to assist in municipal conservation work, highlighting a new guide that VNRC has put out called Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife. This will help towns translate natural resources problems into appropriate land use planning tools. After that, we’ll have concurrent sessions on advanced science topics, current topics and best practices for conservation commissions. See the agenda below. This will be an exciting time celebrating Vermont’s local conservation work! Please join us. Registration Form is attached! Simply fill it out and email it or print it and send. Non members are welcome to attend.

The AVCC business meeting is a small but important part of the SUMMIT agenda. We’re having elections for three seats on the AVCC board of directors. Jenna Calvi is up for re-election this year, while the other two-seats are newly created. The Board of Directors voted this month to increase the size of the board from five seats to seven seats to increase our capacity to get things done. We are currently seeking nominations for those seats and look forward to your participation in the elections. Please help us to find good people to serve on the board.

We have a packed exhibitor space lined up for you. This includes the Natural Resource Conservation Services cost share programs for landowners, the Agency of Natural Resources technical assistance providers, Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Assistance Center, University of Vermont’s Extension program on Emerald Ash Borer, Upper Valley land Trust’s conservation program, and Bradford Conservation Commission’s display, just to name a few.

Register today and support local conservation!  Contact vtconservation@gmail.com for a registration form.



Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions

October 5th, 9a.m. – 2:30p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church,

198 North Main Street, Bradford, Vermont


9:00 – 9:30      Registration and exhibitor space (Grace United Methodist Church, 198 North Main Street, Bradford, VT)

9:30 -10:00      Business Meeting (Woods Building – old Bradford Academy 172 North Main)

ELECTIONS for Board of Directors

10:00 –10:45   “How to Develop Community Strategies for Vermont’s Forests and Wildlife” Kate McCarthy, Vermont Natural Resources Council (Woods Building)

10:45-11:00     Break

11:00-11:45     Concurrent Sessions, “Advanced Science Topics” Choose One

“Climate Change and Wildlife Adaptation” Chris Hilke, National Wildlife Federation (Woods Building)

“Shorelands”, Department of Environmental Conservation Lakes and Ponds

11:45–12:30    Breakout Sessions, “Best Practices” Choose One

“The Open Meeting law” Abby Friedman, VT League of Cities and Towns (Woods Building)

“Effective Public Participation” Susan Clark, University of Vermont (Woods   Building)

12:30–1:15      Lunch & exhibitor space (Grace United Methodist Church)

1:15-2:00         Breakout Sessions, “Current Topics”

“Using BioFinder for Spatial Communication” Jens Hilke, VT Fish & Wildlife Department (Woods Building)

“Conservation Partnerships and Funding” tbd, (Woods Building)

2:00-2:30         Closing (Woods Building)

Upcoming Renewable Energy Vermont Conference

Renewable Energy Vermont is making a special effort this year to the first day of their annual meeting to Town Planners, Energy Committee Members, other local officials, RPCs, etc. – to focus on what 90% by 2050 means for communities and regions.

Renewable Energy 2013 Agenda
Monday, October 28th and Tuesday, October 29th

With more than 25 high-level conference sessions, this year’s agenda covers all the bases. From technology and innovation updates, to informational sessions on integrating renewables into businesses, to policy and regulatory updates, we’ve put together the 2013 agenda to reach across a broad spectrum of topics.  Conference agenda is subject to change.

Click here for more information or to register for the conference >>

Kick-Off Meeting for the 2016 Central Vermont Regional Plan

You’re invited to a lunchtime presentation and meeting:

Plan Central Vermont: How you can shape the region!
Tuesday September 24, 2013
Noon – 2pm

The Chapel at Vermont College of Fine Arts
Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP to Jackie Cassino at cvrpc@cvregion.com

The purpose of the meeting is to share with you the types of analyses and input CVRPC anticipates coordinating as part of the process, and to identify partner organizations that may wish to participate in and help guide Central Vermont to a more sustainable future-by serving on either the Regional Plan Committee or a topic specific working group. Five working groups will be formed to study and address topic areas including transportation, economic development, infrastructure, housing, energy and natural resources.

Information gathered during this process may also aid your organization in future facilities and program planning, grant applications and project implementation. CVRPC also envisions this collaborative approach to planning will help form new partnerships and strengthen local and regional organizations.

The initial meeting is planned for September, and coordinated efforts on this initiative would begin in late Fall 2013. If you are able to attend this meeting please RSVP by Friday, September 13 to Jackie Cassino at cvrpc@cvregion.com.

Your input needed! Take the Statewide Walk/Bike Summit Survey

Calling all walking and cycling enthusiasts!  The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Local Motion, VTrans, the City of Burlington and the VT Bike and Pedestrian Coalition will be co-sponsoring a statewide Walk/Bike Summit in the spring of 2014.  In order to plan an engaging and useful event we would like to test the waters of the walk/bike community in VT on what you would like the event to feature. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey and add any additional thoughts you feel important in helping the event planners come up with a rewarding experience for attendees.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBY9VWJ