Conservation Commission

Members:

James Erbaugh, Chair

Kate Bass, Vice Chair

Micki Colbeck, Recording Sec

Mike Hebb, Trails Commissioner

J. T. Horn

Chuck Sherman

Steve Faccio

David Paganelli

Gregory McHugo

 

The group can be contacted at

conservation@straffordvt.org

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Morrill Homestead Education Center.

Mission:

To identify and conserve Strafford’s natural resources, to educate the community about our natural heritage, and to foster local environmental stewardship.

Current Projects:  To alert the community to the ecological threats posed by invasive species in general and more immediately by the Emerald ash borer, an invasive insect recently discovered in Orange County which attacks and kills all species of ash tree.  To continue efforts to map and classify all the wetlands in Strafford and create an inventory of plant species found in each.   To develop a walking trail through the valley between the villages.  To correlate the SCC’s Open Space Plan with the new Town Plan.

Conservation Commission Meeting

The Conservation Commission's next meeting is Tuesday, May 24 2022, 7 p.m., at the Morrill Education Center.

AGENDA

Strafford Conservation Commission is sponsoring a series of entertaining and educational outdoor events this summer. They are free and open to the public. No dogs please on any of these events.

 

Event Calendar 2022:

6/25 10am Orchid walk in Cobb Forest on Fen trail. More showy lady slippers than you have seen anywhere with Mike Hebb. Meet at Cobb Forest parking area 1.8 miles up Hemenway road   off Taylor Valley Road.

7/9   9am to 12 Cobb Forest On the trail presentation on the historic management of the Cobb Forest with our county forester Dave Paganelli. Meet at Cobb Forest parking area 1.8 miles up Hemenway road   off Taylor Valley Road.

 

9/4     10 am to noon JMH Fern walk, Sunday, September 4th

Beginning at the Morrill Homestead with fern extraordinaire, Micki Colbeck, we head up the Morrill Link trail to the Maidenhair fern forest. We learn the basics of the fern life cycles and how to identify a few common ferns. Looping around, we return via the sugarhouse. Medium difficulty hike. Three miles?????

Invasive Species

The following invasive plants are around and in Strafford.  Each link has information on these plants and how to help get rid of them from our landscape. Select the block and then click on "go to link" for more information

Buckthorn

Buckthron replaces native trees and shrubs in Vermont's forests and fields. It is easy to see in the fall when its dark blue berries cover the tree's branches.

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard invades Vermont's forests and wet meadows. This pant is easy to see in April and May when its white flowers are blooming.

Wild Chervil

Wild chervil invades Vermont's fields and forests. It is easy to see in May and June when its white flowers are in bloom.

Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife invades Vermont's fields, marshes, and bogs. It is easy to see in the summer when its showy magenta blooms are at their peak.

Knotweed

Japanese knotweed invades the banks of Vermont's rivers, streams and lakes. It is easy to see in August when its white flowers bloom.

Goutweed

Goutweed invades Vermont's fields, river edges and floodplain forests. It is easy to see in July when its white flowers are in bloom.