Backlit leaves of a maple lined road. Photo credit Cody Williams.

Current Projects

  1. Keystone Plants on Your Property

    Keystone species are native plants that support the greatest number and variety of the most important insects in the local food web. They are essential to birds for reproduction. These insects are especially numerous, large, nutritious and edible. Planting keystone species at your home is one of the most important things you can do to support wildlife, particularly if you replace lawn, which supports almost no wildlife at all.

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  2. Milt Frye Restoration

    Working to restore the variety of habitats in the Milt Frye Nature Area in order to improve the health of the nature area and to provide examples of the biodiversity of native plants in those habitats for the school nature programs.

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  3. Wildflower Biodiversity

    The Norwich Conservation Commission is launching a biodiversity project at the Milt Frye Nature Area where we are seeking to improve the wildlife habitat by expanding the diversity of native wildflowers in the field. We seek volunteers who can commit modest time and effort to grow wildflowers at home, plant them in the field, and commit to helping maintain them over the first year(s) in the field.

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Completed Projects

  1. Arnold Conservation

    Nancy Arnold plans to donate to the Vermont Land Trust a conservation easement on 112 acres of her land west of Norford Lake Road. This property is part of the state of Vermont’s highest priority contiguous forest area in Norwich and it protects water quality along a long segment of Avery Brook, a tributary of the Ompompanoosuc River. The land also serves as a wildlife corridor of particular value due to its calcium-rich bedrock that supports diverse plant life and its variety of landforms at mid to upper elevations.

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  2. Woody Adams Forest Conservation

    The Norwich Conservation Commission is working to acquire 186 acres of land (the Woody Adams Conservation Forest) located between the Norwich Town Forest and the Gile Tract, thereby protecting a 290 acre core section of a contiguous forest block centered on the Gile ridgeline, including the highest peak in Norwich.

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