- Norwich Conservation Commission Bylaws
- A great Vermont Public story about reducing lawns bringing more habitat for wildlife, less demand for water, increasing water quality, and a lot less work mowing
- 7 Ways Every Gardener Can Combat Climate Change from Gardener's Supply
- Information on how family forests mitigate climate change from Sustainable Woodstock
- The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Landowner-Hunter Connection helps match landowners seeking help controlling deer damage with hunters. Landowners can enlist a Vermont hunter of your choice to reduce the effects of deer on your timber stands and help provide a local family with meat this winter. White-tailed deer browsing has profound implications for the structure and function of Vermont’s forested ecosystems, especially when deer densities are high. Regulated hunting is a wildlife management tool that effectively controls deer densities. This site offers landowners and sportsmen a way to connect and develop a relationship to help manage deer densities, reduce property damage and improve habitat.
- 2022 Hunting and Trapping Season Dates in a printable format of on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Website
- Too Many Whitetails? from Northern Woodlands
- How Many Deer is Too Many?
- A great set of deer management resources from Hanover, NH
- Video of a talk about the overabundance of deer and impacts on forest understory from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies
- More than a quarter million white-tailed deer roam New Hampshire and Vermont. And two of them, a doe and her fawn, showed up recently on Erin Donahue's trail cam in East Thetford. "In the absence of predators," writes naturalist Ted Levin, "deer populations have grown exponentially and exceeded the fluted hills' carrying capacity. Too many deer have dire consequences on native plants and gardens and provide a moveable feast for blacklegged ticks. Does birth one to three adorably spotted fawns each spring…come November, there's a lot of venison around to feed our food-insecure neighbors. (via Daybreak)
- An interesting article in Hakai Magazine featuring an interview with researcher Tara Martin about the damage deer can do and the danger in not doing anything about it (via Daybreak)
- Resources on jumping worms from Cornell Cooperative Extension especially their fact sheet.
- A series of informational brochures prepared by the Norwich Conservation Commission:
- Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) and Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus carthartica)
- Burning Bush or Winged Euonymous (Euonymus alatus)
- Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
- Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
- Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera tatarica, Lonicera morrowii, Lonicera x bella, and Lonicera mackii)
- Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
- Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
- Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis ssp. australis)
- Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)
- Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)
Living with Bears
- Black Bear Basics
- Living Safely with Black Bears
- Reporting Bear Encounters
- Our article on living with bears
- More information on Vermont's black bears
- To report bear encounters to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
- Backyard Wildlife Habitat In Vermont from the Fish and Wildlife Department
- Xerces Society has a lot of great resources, all of which are excellent. A few selected examples:
- Notes from a 2017 Lecture by Dr. Alan Eaton
- Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoids
- US Forest Service Pollinator Gardens
- Pollinator Partnership
- A list of pollinator friendly plants for the northeast from the USDA.
- The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a great resource of native plants in Vermont
- Vermont Invasives has great lists of native alternatives to common invasives and native perennials and shrubs
- The Nature Conservancy also has a great list of native plants
- Cornell Botanic Gardens presentation on growing native plants from seed
- Cathy Neal has some great information about establishing wildflower meadows and sourcing native seed from the UNH Extension
- A resource from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station ranking landscape plants by their deer resistance
- Some local greenhouses and nurseries to acquire native plants:
Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery
PO Box 209
Poultney, VT, 05764
Wholesale. The mission of the nursery is to produce high quality container-grown seedlings from local seed stock for restoration and buffer plantings in the Champlain Valley.
The Intervale Center
180 Intervale Road
Burlington, VT 05401
Founded in 2002 and is dedicated to growing native, locally sourced trees and shrubs for throughout Vermont. Our plants are grown in an ecologically sound manner without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The Nursery works with landowners, farmers, watershed organizations and government agencies to restore and protect Vermont’s waters.
Miller Hill Farm
2127 Rte. 73 E.
Sudbury, VT 05733
A Vermont Family Farm & Native Plant Nursery. A diverse farm and nursery specializing in Vermont native, locally sourced trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Vermont Wetland Plant Supply
P.O. Box 153
Orwell, VT 05760
Wholesale. Grows plants for the stormwater and ecological restoration industries. In two greenhouses and 14 trench ponds in clay-plain soils at the southern end of Lake Champlain, we grow 97 native species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants for wetlands from Lake Champlain to the heights of the Green Mountains.
- Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery
- These nurseries sell native and nonnative plants. Not all of their plants are native, and most of these nurseries do not specify which plants are native to Vermont on their websites. Choose wisely, ask a lot of questions, and don’t purchase anything you’re not sure of.
Cady’s Falls Nursery
637 Duhamel Rd.
Morrisville, VT 05661
A family-operated, retail nursery in northern Vermont. Some of the distinctive plants we propagate include dwarf and weeping conifers, native ladyslippers, native ferns, bog plants, aquatics, alpines, cacti and Itoh hybrid peonies.
E.C. Brown’s Nursery
3782 Route 113
Thetford Center, VT 05075
A “mom and pop” operations that supplies interesting and hardy plants to the Upper Valley. They grow, sell and plant an ever-increasing selection of native and nonnative ornamental trees, shrubs, evergreens and herbaceous perennials, with a focus on rarer and underused plants.
Elmore Roots Nursery
631 Symonds Mill Rd.
Elmore VT, 05680
Nursery and Fruit Grove Displays. With our 30 years of testing what does well in our Northern Vermont climate (and what doesn’t), we only sell varieties that have proven themselves to do well here. We propagate many of our plants from our own orchards.
River Berry Farm
191 Goose Pond Road
Fairfax, VT 05454
A family owned organic small fruit and vegetable farm operating on the Lamoille River Passionate about garden design for enhancing pollinator habitat and is determined to help gardeners make plant and design choices by providing information and plants at River Berry Farm.
Vermont Wildflower Farm
3488 Ethan Allen Highway
Charlotte, VT, 05445
One of the largest seed companies in the U.S. Wildflower seed mixtures comes from within the United States with warehouses across the country. All Wildflower Seed products are open- pollinated, GMO and chemical free. Flower Bulbs, both spring and fall, are premium, high quality product imported directly from the most respected grower in Holland. Perennials, Berries, Ornamental Grasses, Bare roots, Rhizomes etc. come from a partnership with a U.S perennial grower in business for decades known for their outstanding quality.
- Cady’s Falls Nursery
- Native seed sources:
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Vermont Climate Assessment
- Water Footprint Network
- Personal Water Footprint Calculator
- United States Drought Monitor – Northeast
- Northeast Drought Early Warning System
- Xerces Society – Maintaining Diverse Stands of Wildflowers Planted for Pollinators
- The Environmental Protection Agency – Water Conservation Tips for Residents: New England
- American Rivers – Water Conservation: Threats and Solutions