Conservation Commission

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The tree is located on the Robert Strang property
on the Jericho/Essex town line, Vermont Route 15, and has remarkably survived the
ravages of both Dutch Elm Disease and the ubiquitous road salt to reach its current
youthful majestic height.
The Jericho Conservation Commission (JCC) has an advisory role to the Selectboard, DRB, PC and other town commissions on best practices for management of natural resources in Jericho, including the use of the Conservation Reserve Fund. The Conservation Commission is committed to public education and strives to help Jericho residents learn more about the natural communities within our town and beyond. The JCC is also available for residential consultation on request. The JCC has membership in the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions.

Meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

If you would like to serve on this committee click here for an application.



Photo: Jericho Town Tree - An American Elm (Ulmus americana) on Rt. 15 near the town line with Essex.

The Jericho Conservation Commission (JCC) has an advisory role to the Selectboard, DRB, PC and other town commissions on best practices for management of natural resources in Jericho, including the use of the Conservation Reserve Fund. The Conservation Commission is committed to public education and strives to help Jericho residents learn more about the natural communities within our town and beyond. The JCC is also available for residential consultation on request. The JCC has membership in the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions.

Meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

If you would like to serve on this committee click here for an application.



Photo: Jericho Town Tree - An American Elm (Ulmus americana) on Rt. 15 near the town line with Essex.

  • Leave the Leaves/Soft Landings at Jericho Town Green

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    The Jericho Conservation Commission is beginning a project at the Town Green which will model the practices of allowing leaves to remain under trees from the trunk out to the dripline and combining that with some native plantings ("Soft Landings"). This will:

    • Protect the trunks of the trees
    • Prevent soil compaction around the trees
    • Provide natural mulch in the forms of leaves and other plants
    • Provide habitat for overwintering insects such as moth caterpillars and some types of bees

    Stay tuned as this project progresses through 2023 and beyond.


    Tree Phase 1One of three Sugar Maples in the project with a base layer of fallen leaves from the site



    Click here to read more about Soft Landings

  • Forests Matter

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    The Conservation Commission recently attended this presentation of Vermont Fish and Wildlife - Community wildlife Program.

    The concept of maintaining intact forest in Vermont is not new and is something that town planning and conservation commissions have been implementing for years. But as rural sprawl has increased forest fragmentation and the VT Legislature passed Vermont's Forest Integrity law (often referred to as Act 171), the topic is receiving increased interest. The Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation and the Fish & Wildlife Department has worked with partners to put together a video series highlighting this important topic. The video series pulls together interviews from a diversity of professionals in the field; from foresters, biologists to planners and volunteers working at the local level.


  • The State of Vermont's Wild Bees

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  • Pollinator Gardens 101

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    Join the Jericho Conservation Commission on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 pm at the Community Center (Browns Trace) as we welcome local plant expert and nursery owner, Jane Sorenson. View the video of the presentation here: Pollinator Gardens Presentation link

    She will give us professional tips on how we can use pollinator plants to improve the ecological function of our gardens. Learn which plants can be used to provide blooms throughout the growing season to support a wide range of native bees and other pollinators.

    Jane Sorenson is a retired landscape architect. She gives presentations on Landscape Design for Pollinators around the region and also teaches a course at the University of Vermont. Her locally grown plants were featured in our recent pollinator plant sale to benefit the Community Center.

  • All About Bats presentation

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    Friday the 13th Bat Walk and Talk

    Learn Why It’s GOOD LUCK To Have Bats Around

    8pm, May 13th – meet at the Jericho Center Green

    Join state small mammals biologist Alyssa Bennett from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department as she teaches us about the bats in your backyard, barn, and bat house.

    Take a walk around the Green and nearby quiet streets as the sun goes down and bat activity starts up around dusk to learn about what bats live in Jericho and how you can manage your home, yard, fields, and forests to support these voracious insect eaters while avoiding any unwanted conflicts.

    Providing there is good weather (no heavy rain, strong winds, or temperatures below 45 degrees), we will also be able to listen for bat activity and identify species flying in the air around us using specialized microphones and sonogram software. Dress for a walk on easy terrain and bring a headlamp for this family-friendly event.

  • The Great Backyard Bird Count 2022

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    The Great Backyard Bird count is a Community Science event open to anyone who wants to participate. Join bird watchers from around the globe between February 18 and 21 to be part of this event. How To Participate

  • A Word on Worms...

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    Most earthworms present in the northeast are considered exotic. They were introduced in the 18th & 19th centuries via early settlers or through trade of soil and horticultural materials transported from Europe and Asia. New ones are continuing to be introduced spreading through fishing bait, compost and gardening supplies and plant exchanges.

    Click to read more about invasive worms

    Watch a short video on invasive worms

  • The State of New England's Native Plants

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    From the Native Plant Trust:

    For the first time in 200 years, every state in New England is losing forest, and the conservation community has issued the call for increased land and habitat protection.

    But what’s on the land we seek to protect? Our forests bear little resemblance to those the pilgrims encountered. The mix of trees and understory plants has changed due to the enduring legacy of settlers’ clearcutting and farming, which altered soils and microclimates; to a history of management favoring useful or commercial species; and, more recently, to diseases and pests. The understory vegetation is comparatively species-poor, and non-native plants have a strong foothold. The tale is similar for other habitats in the region, which face a constellation of threats and are losing the plant diversity that makes nature resilient.

    Saving acreage from development is an important first step, but conserving native plants on those parcels and private land is critical for sustaining healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Native plants are the backbone of habitat, for us and for insects, birds, mammals, and other organisms. Plants supply the oxygen we breathe, regulate the climate, and clean the water. They are the base of the food chain that leads to our own dinner table, and the loss of a single plant species can disrupt an intricate web supporting myriad plants and animals.

    When native plants are imperiled, the entire ecosystem is at risk ..... click here for full report

  • Vermont Land Ethic - Winter 2021Book List

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    Members of Land Ethic Vermont have teamed up to share some of our favorite books about the natural world, conservation, and science. This winter edition has been put together by partners from the Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Woodlands Association, Audubon Vermont, Vermont Coverts, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Click here for a list of recommended books: Winter 2021 Reading List

    Click link for more information about the Vermont Land Ethic group: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/6113bb1516a04f79bda868e82c43f0e4

  • Two Misconceptions About Forests

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    In his recent article "Two Misconceptions About Forests" Chittenden County Forester, Ethan Tapper, writes: Good forest management is more than just cutting valuable trees: it seeks to be regenerative, to improve conditions for wildlife, to make forests more resilient in a changing climate, to protect biodiversity, to benefit our communities and future generations. Read more....


    Photo: Leaving snags, or standing dead trees, is an important practice for healthy forest management and provides important habitat for wildlife.

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