Dummerston, Vermont
Dummerston Conservation





The mission of the Dummerston Conservation Commission is to promote community responsibility and awareness of our conservation needs and to encourage stewardship of the natural habitat.

For news about recent wildlife sightings check out Dummerston Sightings Blog
Share your sightings by posting your photos to Dummerston Sightings.  Contact Lynn Levine (forester.lynn@gmail.com) to add your own photos.

Events:How Nature Models Sustainability:An Introduction to Community Ecology with Tom Wessels events

News: Black Mountain Purchase

The Vermont Nature Conservancy (TNC) is in the final days of fundraising to complete the purchase of an additional 400 acres on Black Mountain. With the addition of two new properties, TNC land at Black Mountain will expand to more than 1,000 acres.

The 275-acre ZFR property is really the crown jewel of Black Mountain. The land includes much of the bowl of the horseshoe-shaped pluton, an exposed granite dome creating unique natural habitat. A beaver pond and a seasonal creek cascading over the solid granite will be sites of interest along an expanded Black Mountain trail system.

The second parcel is the 126-acre Stahl property on Black Mountain Road. This land has beautiful vernal pools and significant road frontage, which will now be protected from development.

Parcel by parcel the Vermont Nature Conservancy has acquired more than 1.5 square miles at Black Mountain. Each step of the way neighbors and friends of Black Mountain have joined to support the acquisition of additional land.TNC is now reaching out to the community to help bring this project home. The Vermont Nature Conservancy has raised over $890,000 for this project to date and has just $9,000 to go by the end of the year.

If you would like to contribute, checks should be made out to The Nature Conservancy, with "Black Mountain" noted in the memo line, and sent to the attention of Jennifer Kramer, The Vermont Nature Conservancy, 27 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Brochure: Walks and Trails in Dummerston

Many Dummerston townspeople (including our children), and guests may not be familiar with all of the beautiful walks and trails available in our town. The Dummerston Conservation Commission believes that the best way for people to learn to appreciate the town’s resources is to provide opportunities for them to experience the natural world of our town.

Members of the Commission have created a brochure describing in maps and words 10 of the most accessible hikes and walks in the town. The brochure is available at local businesses, the town office and on-line (linked above). Thank you to the The Association of Vermont Conservations Commissions, the KOA Campgrounds, the Scott Farm, and Forest*Care for their generous support.


Many of our educational programs are available on line at the Brattleboro Community Television Website or on BCTV Channel 8 or 10. You can find links to our programs by going to our Projects page and looking under Educational Programs. Check out this recent presentation on Lyme Disease by Jeff Ward. http://brattleborotv.org/dummerston-conservation-commission/dcc-lyme-disease-risk-complex-ecosystem-93014


The Conservation Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Dummerston Town Office, Dummerston, VT. Anyone who has an interest in supporting the mission of the commission is welcome to attend.  Meeting times and place are subject to change.  Please check the events listing or call 257-0012 for further information.

Conservation Commission Members
Mary Ellen Copeland-Chair,  Ed Anthes, Bill Schmidt, Lynn Levine,  John Anderson, Betsy Whittaker, Jane Michaud, Bill Johnson

Current Projects

Educational programs, Trail Committee (Prospect Hill), Rain Garden (Route 30), Friends of Black Mountain, Invasive insect pests. In addition the Conservation Commission provides information to the Planning Commission as they work on the town plan, and the commission meets regularly with other local Conservation Commissions.


In light of the threat from the Emerald Ash Borer, a wood-boring insect from Asia that attacks native ash species, Betsy Whittaker and Lynn Levine of the Dummerston Conservation Commission have mapped ash trees along Dummerston roads. Surveying most of the town roads, they counted 540 ash trees, estimating a total of 800 white ash. See
ash tree map. For more information on this potentially dangerous pest and other invasives, go to:


Please continue to check the site for the Conservation Commission activities and information about natural Dummerston.  The Commission is collecting information and pictures for this site.  Please send them to: info@dummerstonconservation.com.

For more information about the town of Dummerston, go to http://www.dummerston.com

For more information please contact
Mary Ellen Copland at 802 257-0012


Black Bears in Dummerston 6/14/2011



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