Welcome to the NCC website.
In Vermont, conservation commissions are advisory bodies that exist in many towns across the state. Broadly, they are established to help communities protect and enhance their natural resources. The projects that a town conservation commission can become involved in will vary depending on the needs of the community.
Newbury’s Conservation Commission has been active for many years. Members are appointed by the Select Board for three year terms.
Tucker Mountain Town Forest
Newbury residents voted for a second time to approve the Tucker Mountain land acquisition. It was a large turnout, with approximately 300 residents voting. Both sides were well supported, but the yes votes clearly carried it with approximately the same ratios as the original vote.
What is the Tucker Mountain-Newbury Town Forest Project? The Town of Newbury has been offered two parcels of 142 acres and 493 acres on both sides of Tucker Mountain Road, including the tops of Tucker and Woodchuck Mountains, from members of the Leach family at a steeply discounted price.
Why should the Town buy Tucker Mountain? Public ownership means the Town will take ownership of and responsibility for a wonderful, iconic asset.Town ownership will guarantee public access to the land for future generations. The town will be able to make decisions about its use and stewardship. If the Town does not acquire the properties, they will be sold on the open market and future owners may not allow, as the Leaches have, public access in the forest and to the top of Tucker Mountain.
Check back on this site often to find ways in which you can be involved in helping with this project!
Q&As to help answer questions you may have are located here – Tucker-Mt.-TF-Q&A-PR-Release
The Interim Management Plan is located here Interim Mgmnt Plan
NCC Goals for 2018 –
- NCC will be exploring grant opportunities and obtaining funding to promote and maintain town forest areas as well as other conservation efforts. NCC hopes to develop a Town Conservation Fund to support these projects.
- NCC will research and seek venues to increase community interest and involvement in local conservation efforts and environmental concerns, such as invasive plant species and pests.
- NCC is actively looking for ways to promote events, provide information, and share stories, pictures, and adventures in and around Newbury. All residents are encouraged to submit items of interest to NCC for posting on our social media sites.
- NCC is committed to providing family-friendly outdoor events, and will continue to work with our local schools and the public to host outdoor recreational activities, build and maintain our local trails network, and hosting educational seminars and events.
- NCC will be accepting applications for additional members to expand the Commission.