Town Report

NEWBURY CONSERVATION COMMISSION

2020 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.

Thank you to Dianne Norton for her years of service to NCC. Dianne is moving on to pursue other interest. We will miss her help and wisdom. Dianne has been our web-master, creating, updating and maintaining the site. Her energy and organizational skills have helped NCC better communicate with town residents and the public.

WE NEED FOUR NEW MEMBERS! HOW ABOUT YOU?

Come to a meeting learn about our projects. Bring your ideas to the table.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

NCC wants to add to our volunteer list. If you would like to help out with events, trail work, fund-raising projects, and tree planting, let us know! 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 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 2019 and EVENTS FOR 2020:

Paddle the Border continues to grow and in our 17th year has become a tradition in the valley.

This canoe and kayak paddle on the Connecticut River is held semi-annually, May and October.

Event sponsors include Newbury Conservation Commission, Haverhill Recreation Commission, Cohase Chamber of Commerce and Bradford Conservation Commission, with support from Upper Valley Land Trust and Upper Valley Trails Alliance. The Paddle is followed by a cookout provided by the Cohase Lions 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.

Join us in 2020 to celebrate the event’s 17th year!

  • The May paddle begins from the Woodsville Community Field and goes to Bedell Bridge State Park (Sunday, May 17th).
  • The October Paddle goes from the Newbury-Haverhill Crossing boat launch to Bugbee Landing in Bradford (Sunday, October 4th).

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 popular event and group size is limited. For more information call Alice Allen at 802-584-4077 or visit our web site.

Trails Day Work Day: National Trails Day is held every year on the first Saturday in June.

2020 will be the 23rd year. Volunteers can participate locally by joining NCC and Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) in a workday involving the upkeep of local hiking trails. This year we will be working on the Cross Vermont Trail from Botonville parking area to the access trail to Blue Mt. School. We meet at Blue Mt. School on Saturday, June 6st.

Trail Maintenance is a year-round effort. The most effective way to maintain the trail system is by using 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 would like to volunteer your time, please contact any NCC member and we will gladly show you the trails.

Cross Vermont Trail Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride: This year is our 23rd annual ride on the Cross Vermont Trail. The ride starts from Kettle Pond in Groton State Park and goes to Blue Mt. School. We had a great turnout in 2019 and saw a lot of new riders, both local and from out of the area. This is a family friendly ride, and an ideal way to introduce teens to the sport of trail riding. The CVT Fall Foliage ride is held every year on the last Saturday of September.

(2020 Saturday, September 26).

Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) 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 that connects communities, schools, and the natural areas between. This vision has steadily moved toward reality through the quiet work of the Cross Vermont Trail Association.

CVTA local success in 2019: CVTA was awarded a Vermont Community Foundation “Spark Grant” and Vermont Recreational Trail Grant. With these funds we will be resurfacing the trail from the CVT Trail Head parking area off Route 302 in Botonville to the Blue Mt. Nature Trails leading to Blue Mt. School. This work will include adding four inches of new top surface to the trail, improving drainage along the trail, adding a new gate at the trail head parking in Botonville, and placing boulders at strategic spots along the trail to help prevent illegal use. This work will continue into 2020 and volunteer work-days will be scheduled.

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

Basin 14 Watershed Plan 5 year update: NCC will be working with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and White River Natural Resources Conservation District on the five year update of the Basin 14 watershed which includes the Stevens, Well, Waits, and Ompompanoosuc Rivers. This includes a review of the water quality restoration and protection efforts previous done on the Wells and Waits River. We will also be starting new studies of the many ponds in the watershed and the streams that flow through Newbury into the Waits, Wells, and Connecticut Rivers.

Many Volunteers will be needed over the next few years for these programs.

NCC GOALS FOR 2020

  1. NCC will continue our public outreach by working with local educators. NCC will continue hosting educational workshops to increase community interest and involvement in local conservation efforts.
  2. NCC will review the forests management plans and begin developing a town forest policy that balances conservation, recreation, public access, education, and good forestry stewardship.
  3. In 2020 we will be looking at town owned property on Jefferson Hill, Rogers Hill, and the Old Ski Tow in West Newbury.
  4. NCC will continue to work with the Tucker Mt. Town Forest Management Committee as they move forward implementing their management plan, and work with them on projects in the field. NCC and the Tucker Committee have attended each other’s meetings and have attended workshops together. This partnership is strong and growing, and we both look forward to a busy year to come.
  5. NCC will continue our work with Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA), concentrating our efforts in two areas:
  1. Work on trails within Newbury that lead to Tucker Mt. Town forest and look at a potential trail from Tucker Mt. Town Forest to Wrights Mt. Town Forest in Bradford.
  2. Work on establishing safe bicycling routes along select roads in Newbury.

Working with UVTA will also give NCC more opportunity to network with other

Conservation Commissions and like-minded groups and help NCC expand our volunteer

networks.

  1. NCC will continue improving our Web-Site and Facebook presence to promote events, share pictures, stories, and adventures in Newbury. NCC is exploring ways to open our meeting through the use of video programs like Facetime, Snap-chat or Skype.

Our website: www.NewburyConservation.org.

Find us on Facebook under Newbury Conservation Commission

Contact Michael Thomas 802-757-3960 or mikethom1@charter.net

Submitted by: Carol Stoll, Chelsea Lynes, Michael Thomas