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

Current Projects

  1. Emerald Ash Borer

    Information on managing emerald ash borer in Norwich. This invasive insect will affect every Norwich resident, as it proliferates and begins to kill our ash trees. We must all learn about this invasive insect, monitor our own properties for evidence of infestation, educate our neighbors, pay close attention to upcoming community initiatives for managing our ash trees and planting replacements, and be prepared to pitch in. Only a concerted, coordinated management plan and town-wide effort will avert the worst disruption and expense that EAB is poised to inflict on Norwich.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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. Bat Boxes

    With the generous help of a number of volunteers, the Norwich Conservation Commission has built and will be installing several bat boxes on nature areas around town.

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  3. 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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