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Conservation Commission


Micki Colbeck, Chair

Kate Bass, Vice Chair

Courtney Potter, Recording Sec

Mike Hebb, Trails Commissioner

James Erbaugh, Cobb Forest Manager

Steve Faccio, Whitcomb Hill Manager

Anne Fayen

Kitty Mackie

Erin Younger


The group can be contacted at


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

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month

Next meeting is June 25, 2024 7:00 PM

Strafford Town Office



Strafford Conservation Commission
hikes and educational outreach 2024

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

Invasive Species


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.


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.


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

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