Town Report

NEWBURY CONSERVATION COMMISSION (NCC)

2021 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 We need new members. Our to-do-list is long and we need your help.

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. We are working on having our meetings on Zoom at 7p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. All Newbury residents are invited to attend, share, and learn.

REPORT FOR 2020

NCC was like everyone thrown off by the Covid Pandemic. Our meeting were not as regular as we would have like. We followed our goals set out in the 2019 town report with COVID adjustments still held our 23rd Trails Day Work Day on the Wells River Conservation Trails. 17th Fall Paddle the Border and 23rd Fall Foliage Bicycle Ride on the Cross Vermont Trail. We worked to maintain and improving our trails throughout the summer. We researched Emerald Ash Bore, and other invasive and there spread in Vermont. Working with the Cross Vermont Trail Association www.crossvermont.org and the state of Vermont the trail in Wells River was improved and fixed a major wash out.

NCC GOALS FOR 2021

Many of our goals can be worked on during the Pandemic. Doing research, organizing programs, and outreach to improve our web-site so we can keep Newbury residence informed.

  1. NCC will continue our public outreach and find new ways to host educational workshops to increase our involvement with the residence of Newbury in local conservation efforts.

  2. NCC will continue working on a Natural Resources Inventory for the Town of Newbury.

This would includes, understanding the value and relationship between Continuous forest habitat, open land, wetlands [including ponds river/streams] and developing a town policy that balances conservation, public recreation and educational opportunity.

  1. NCC will continue to work with other committees in Newbury. The Planning Board. Tucker Mt. Town Forest Management Committee, the Recreation Committee.

  2. NCC will continue to improving our web-site and Facebook presence to promote events, share pictures, stories and adventures in Newbury remotely.

  3. NCC will continue to work with Upper Valley Trails Alliance to improving and promote the trails in Newbury. Working on establishing safe bicycling routes along select roads in Newbury.

NCC’s success in 2021 depends on volunteers joining in. Please consider becoming a member or signing up to volunteer.

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, Cal Lynes, Michael Thomas