Mobbs Committee

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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!



MOBBS MONTHLY

The Mobbs Farm Committee Newsletter

April/May, 2022

By far, the biggest news that we have for this edition of our newsletter is that as of May 12th, 2022:

MOBBS FARM IS NOW OFFICIALLY CONSERVED!!


Conservation Easement Signing Ceremony, Jericho Town Hall, May 12, 2022 (L-R) Town Admin. John Abbott, Town Attorney, Paula Carrier, VLT Attorney, Bob Heiser, VLT

Three years of work with the Vermont Land Trust culminated with the establishment of a Conservation Easement, that guarantees that the property known as Mobbs Farm is now conserved land. Moving forward the land is now protected from being developed. The members of the Mobbs Farm Committee send their sincere thanks to Livy Strong, of the Jericho Underhill Land Trust, Tom Baribeault of the Jericho Conservation Committee, Bob Heiser of the Vermont Land Trust, the Town of Jericho Selectboard, our Town Administrator, John Abbott and residents of the Town of Jericho, who voted by a whopping 91% “YES” to conserve Mobbs Farm, on Town Meeting Day, protecting this wonderful property, from being developed. The easement has been established “into perpetuity”, guaranteeing that this land, located in the heart of our beautiful town, will remain open and wild for generations to come!

April and May really ran the gamete as far as weather was concerned. We went from skiing, to slogging in mud, to hot and steamy conditions, all within the span of a few weeks. Temps on the first day of May ran as low as 32 degrees at Mobbs Farm, increasing into the lower 90’s by the middle of the month! With the wild swings in temperature as spring unfolded, TICKS came out of their winter slumber with a vengeance. When visiting Mobbs, please be sure to exercise caution by tucking your pant legs into your socks, wear light colored clothing and be sure to do a thorough tick-check on you and your pets before heading home. Throwing your clothes into the dryer is a good way to rid your clothing of any hitchhiking ticks that may want to take up residence in your abode. For more info, please checks this link: https://www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/tickborne-diseases/information-ticks-vermont

In May, a strong windstorm hit parts of Chittenden County and ravaged some sections of Mobbs Farm. Specifically, there are sections of the western part of the Riverview Trail that had to be closed, due to numerous large trees and root-ball sections that are blocking the trail. Working with our partners from Fellowship of the Wheel, we are working on clearing out the damaged areas and hope to reopen the closed sections in the weeks ahead. For your safety, please abide by the signs closing down specific sections.

Two Trail Maintenance Days took place in May! Special thanks to volunteers who pitched in, especially the group of Mount Mansfield Union High Schoolers who helped out on May 31st, clearing trails, moving wood chips and working in the orchard. Much appreciated!

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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!



MOBBS MONTHLY

The Mobbs Farm Committee Newsletter

April/May, 2022

By far, the biggest news that we have for this edition of our newsletter is that as of May 12th, 2022:

MOBBS FARM IS NOW OFFICIALLY CONSERVED!!


Conservation Easement Signing Ceremony, Jericho Town Hall, May 12, 2022 (L-R) Town Admin. John Abbott, Town Attorney, Paula Carrier, VLT Attorney, Bob Heiser, VLT

Three years of work with the Vermont Land Trust culminated with the establishment of a Conservation Easement, that guarantees that the property known as Mobbs Farm is now conserved land. Moving forward the land is now protected from being developed. The members of the Mobbs Farm Committee send their sincere thanks to Livy Strong, of the Jericho Underhill Land Trust, Tom Baribeault of the Jericho Conservation Committee, Bob Heiser of the Vermont Land Trust, the Town of Jericho Selectboard, our Town Administrator, John Abbott and residents of the Town of Jericho, who voted by a whopping 91% “YES” to conserve Mobbs Farm, on Town Meeting Day, protecting this wonderful property, from being developed. The easement has been established “into perpetuity”, guaranteeing that this land, located in the heart of our beautiful town, will remain open and wild for generations to come!

April and May really ran the gamete as far as weather was concerned. We went from skiing, to slogging in mud, to hot and steamy conditions, all within the span of a few weeks. Temps on the first day of May ran as low as 32 degrees at Mobbs Farm, increasing into the lower 90’s by the middle of the month! With the wild swings in temperature as spring unfolded, TICKS came out of their winter slumber with a vengeance. When visiting Mobbs, please be sure to exercise caution by tucking your pant legs into your socks, wear light colored clothing and be sure to do a thorough tick-check on you and your pets before heading home. Throwing your clothes into the dryer is a good way to rid your clothing of any hitchhiking ticks that may want to take up residence in your abode. For more info, please checks this link: https://www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/tickborne-diseases/information-ticks-vermont

In May, a strong windstorm hit parts of Chittenden County and ravaged some sections of Mobbs Farm. Specifically, there are sections of the western part of the Riverview Trail that had to be closed, due to numerous large trees and root-ball sections that are blocking the trail. Working with our partners from Fellowship of the Wheel, we are working on clearing out the damaged areas and hope to reopen the closed sections in the weeks ahead. For your safety, please abide by the signs closing down specific sections.

Two Trail Maintenance Days took place in May! Special thanks to volunteers who pitched in, especially the group of Mount Mansfield Union High Schoolers who helped out on May 31st, clearing trails, moving wood chips and working in the orchard. Much appreciated!

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  • Mobbs Farm Conservation Update

    over 1 year ago
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    Thank You for Voting to Conserve Mobbs Farm!

    The members of the Mobbs Committee would like to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support expressed for the conservation of Mobbs Farm on Town Meeting Day. Article I passed with 91% of the vote, and we couldn't be happier that voters agreed that Mobbs Farm should be protected for future generations of Jericho residents and wildlife. With conservation costs now 100% funded, we look forward to the work of preserving this beautiful land. 

    So… What are the Next Steps? 

    In collaboration with the Jericho Underhill Land Trust (JULT) and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), the Mobbs Committee will seek the Selectboard’s approval to move forward with the conservation effort. Assuming an affirmative Selectboard vote, Town leadership will work with VLT toward conveying a conservation easement.

    If you are interested in learning about the components of a conservation easement, please read the attached summary provided by the VLT. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments, and THANK YOU for your continued support!

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  • Conservation News

    over 1 year ago
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    The Mobbs Farm Committee is currently initiating the effort to permanently conserve Mobbs Farm.

    • A recent survey by the Mobbs Farm committee at the 2020 Jericho Town meeting (312 participants) determined the following:
    • 78% of the participants believed Mobbs was already conserved
    • 85% of the participants supported conservation of Mobbs
    • The proposed cost of a permanent conservation easement is approximately $43,000.   Funding for this effort would come from the following: 
    • $10,000 grant from the Jericho Underhill Land Trust
    • $10,000 grant from the Vermont Land Trust
    • $10,000 from the Jericho Conservation Reserve fund.
    • This leaves around $13,000 to be made up from public fundraising
    • The intent here is to eliminate any further tax burden on Jericho residents.
    • A non-binding article is being added to the Jericho Town meeting agenda to allow residents to vote on moving forward with the conservation effort, with the proposed wording (to be finalized by the Selectboard) as follows: 

    “Should the Selectboard pursue the conveyance of a conservation easement (in perpetuity) over 234 +/-  acres of the total 275 +/- acre Mobbs Farm property (excluding the Town Garage and solar farm) to the Vermont Land Trust at an estimated expense of $43,000 +/-, using grants, gifts and previously raised funds, for the purpose of protecting its natural resources, wildlife habitat, trails, recreational and educational opportunities, productive farmland and forestland, and scenic value?"

    • The vote is "non-binding" because the Town has not yet finalized the details of the conservation easement with VLT, but a "yes" vote will offer the Selectboard the community's support to act on behalf of the Town and convey an easement.


    • Bumper stickers will be made available to support this effort.


    • Further details will be listed as a monthly update on this website.


    • Please see the “Conserving Mobbs FAQ” on the right sidebar for further information, “Leave a Comment” tab or leave a comment on this tab should you want to leave a comment for the Committee.  If you leave a question, you may not get a direct answer, but be assured that the Mobbs Committee is reading comments and questions and are considering them. 

    • The Committee will be hosting an online Q&A session using Zoom to provide further information on February 27 at 5:30pm.  Please tune in to ask your questions there.
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394326182?pwd=cFVldW45UzlEUHZBZUIvK3VCZzNhQT09(External link) 

       Meeting ID: 873 9432 6182
      Passcode: 626347

    • Tune into Front Porch Forum for more details about Mobbs and the conservation effort.
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  • Conserve Mobbs Zoom Informational Meeting

    over 1 year ago
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    Jericho residents are welcome to join our final informational ZOOM meeting to discuss the initiative to Conserve Mobbs Farm.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 5:30 PM and the public is welcome to attend.  Please use the link below to join the meeting, hosted by members of the Mobbs Farm Committee: 

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    Saturday, Feb. 27th @ 5:30 PM  

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394326182?pwd=cFVldW45UzlEUHZBZUIvK3VCZzNhQT09   

    Meeting ID: 873 9432 6182 Passcode: 626347 

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