NEWBURY CONSERVATION COMMISSION
2018 TOWN REPORT
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MISSION STATEMENT: To increase public awareness of natural resources in Newbury through educational campaigns and gathering resource data in order to provide residents with the information they need to make informed decisions.
Volunteers Wanted! NCC is looking to add to our volunteer list. If you would like to help out with events, trail work, fund-raising projects, tree planting, etc., let us know who you are! If you are looking for projects for your church group, 4-H, Boys & Girl Scouts, service group, or school related community service, NCC can help you with project ideas that will benefit both your group and our community. NCC meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Baldwin Library in Wells River at 7:00pm. All Newbury residents are invited to attend, share, and learn.
PROJECT REPORTS FROM 2017 and EVENTS FOR 2018:
New Member: We are pleased to welcome Chelsea Lynes to the Commission. In addition to enthusiasm and fresh ideas, she brings many years of experience working with National Parks Service and Conservancy in trails, education, ecosystems, and ecological restoration.
NCC Public Outreach & Education: During the past year, NCC has had the opportunity to work more closely with some Newbury residents, Select Board, and the Vermont Land Trust in an effort to provide accurate information to all residents regarding the Tucker Mountain parcel of land. Much time was spent on this effort to educate ourselves and other residents on both the pros and cons surrounding the acquisition of Tucker Mountain as a Town Forest, through meetings, fact sheets, local papers, and more.
We also had the opportunity to educate by sharing materials and articles on our social media sites, provide information to volunteers, meet with hikers, and help provide both fun and education through the events listed below:
Paddle the Border: This event starts with a canoe and kayak paddle on the Connecticut River held semi-annually in both May and October. Event sponsors include NCC, Bradford Conservation Commission, Haverhill Recreation Commission, & Lower Cohase Chamber of Commerce. The Paddle is followed by a cookout provided by the Wells River/Woodsville Rotary Club, live music by Strawberry Farm Band, and displays set up by Community groups to promote historical, cultural, educational, and environmental information about the Connecticut River Valley. The 2017 fall paddle was comprised of 98 kayaks and canoes. Join us in 2018 to celebrate the event’s 15th year!
- The May paddle begins from the Woodsville Community Field and goes to Bedell Bridge State Park (2018 date Sunday May 20).
- The October Paddle goes from the Newbury/Haverhill Crossing boat launch to Bugbee Landing in Bradford (2018 date Sunday October 7).
Trails Day Work Day: National Trails Day is held every year on the first Saturday in June. 2018 will be the 21st year of this important day. Volunteers can participate locally by joining NCC and CVTA in a workday involving the upkeep of local hiking trails. This year we will be working on the Wells River Nature Trails. Part of the Boltonville Nature Trail needs to be re-routed, and the Boltonville and Blue Mt. Nature Trails need new signage. We meet at Blue Mt. School on Saturday June 2.
Trail Maintenance is a year round effort. The most effective way to maintain the trail system is by utilizing volunteers. What a great way to enjoy the outdoors and assist others at the same time. If you are not familiar with the hiking trails in Newbury and/or would like to volunteer your time, please contact any NCC member and we will gladly show you the trails.
Birding With Bill: This May event is held with Bill Shepard, Executive Director of the Connecticut River Birding Trails, and local host Alice Allen. The Group explores the Wells River Nature Trails, successfully calling and identifying a large variety of birds. This is a very popular event and group size is limited. For more information on “Birding with Bill” call Alice Allen at 802-584-4077 or visit our web site.
CVT Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride: This year’s annual ride on the Cross Vermont Trail is also in its 21st year. The ride starts from Kettle Pond in Groton State Park and goes to Blue Mt. School. We had a great turnout in 2017 and saw a lot of new riders, both local and from out of the area. The CVT Fall Foliage ride is held every year on the last Saturday of September. (2018 date Saturday September 29).
Cross Vermont Trail Association News
Imagine a multi-use, four-season, off-road trail across the width of Vermont following the Winooski River & Wells River Valleys – a 90 mile greenway for cyclists, skiers, and walkers which would connect communities, their schools, and the natural areas between. This vision has steadily moved toward reality through the quiet work of the Cross Vermont Trail Association.
The Cross Vermont Trail Association, formed in 1999, is an incorporated, private non-profit organization that is member-based and volunteer-driven. We are funded by winning competitive grants and through individual donations from trail users. Residents of all towns through which the trail route passes are invited to get involved in the CVTA. Get better trails near where you live. Maps, guidebook, and more information on the trail routes are available at www.crossvermont.org, or call us at 802-498-0079.
Greg Western, Trail Programs Coordinator ~ Michael Thomas, Regional Coordinator
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.
Our website, www.NewburyConservation.org, contains much information including upcoming events. Please check it often and follow our Facebook page for notes of interest.
www.NewburyConservation.org or contact Michael Thomas 802-757-3960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by: Ami Norton, Carol Stoll, Dianne Norton, Chelsea Lynes, John Fogarty, Michael Thomas