Conservation Commission

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The Jericho Conservation Commission (JCC) advises the Select Board and other town commissions on best practices for management of natural resources on Town Land. The JCC is also available for residential consultation on request. 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 has membership in the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions.








The Conservation
Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.






The Jericho Town Tree

American Elm (Ulmus americana) on Rt. 15


The Jericho Conservation Commission (JCC) advises the Select Board and other town commissions on best practices for management of natural resources on Town Land. The JCC is also available for residential consultation on request. 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 has membership in the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions.








The Conservation
Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.






The Jericho Town Tree

American Elm (Ulmus americana) on Rt. 15

  • New Webinars on Management of Invasive Plants

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    08 Oct 2020

    The Vermont Land Trust and the Windham County NRCD are hosting a series of webinars to educate the public on management of invasive plants in their backyards and woods. Stay tuned for upcoming webinars as they become available for viewing. The Jericho CC has links to some of the resources mentioned in these webinars on our web page. Scroll down to find our previous posts on managing invasives.

    Webinar #1: Introduction to Invasive Plants: Click here for Intro to Invasive Plants Webinar

    Webinar #2: Backyard Invasives: Click here for Backyard Invasives Webinar

  • Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week (Sept. 12-19)

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    Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont

    Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest pest, has been confirmed in Vermont.

    EAB is a major threat to our trees and forests. The emerald ash borer has feasted on over 100 million ash trees in the Midwest, where it was first discovered in 2002. Unless treated with insecticides, most infested trees die within 3 to 5 years. Experience in Michigan and other states has shown that once this pest is detected in an area, more detections follow quickly — and the ash trees die rapidly over a few short years. EAB was confirmed in Vermont and 2018 and there are currently confirmed infestations in five Vermont counties.

    Photo Credit: Debbie Miller, US Forest Service, Bugwood.org

  • Mobbs Bioblitz

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    17 Aug 2020
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    The Jericho Conservation Commission is partnering with the Mobbs Committee to host a Bioblitz from September 12-26.

    Why a Bioblitz? A bioblitz is a community science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible, in this case, our own backyard treasure - Mobbs Farm.

    Anyone can participate, but you will need to set up an account on iNaturalist to submit your observations. Visit the JCC/Mobbs Bioblitz page to sign up. Our goal is to learn more about the diversity of natural communities that exist within the Mobbs boundaries by inviting residents to make observations of plants, insects, birds, fungi (photographs or sound recordings) during their walks along the trails and submit them to iNaturalist . This project will allow us to continue safe distancing while exploring nature within Jericho. Participants should NOT collect items... follow the "Take only photographs, leave only footprints" mantra. You can make observations any time within the specified dates (September 12-26th, 2020) as long as you are anywhere on the Mobbs property.

    All participants must follow the parking guidelines and rules of Mobbs while participating in the Bioblitz.

    State of Vermont COVID-19 restrictions in place during the dates should be followed.

    The Mobbs Farm Property, acquired by the Town of Jericho in 1970, is located approximately one mile south of Jericho Center on Browns Trace. The property consists of over 260 acres of both open and forested land and is roughly separated into two equal halves by Fitzsimonds Road.


  • A New Way to Treat Invasive Knotweed

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    28 May 2020

    Here is an article from VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Andrea Shortsleeve, on a new method of controlling Knotweed. The Conservation Commission does not have direct experience with this method, but it seems like it deserves our consideration as a viable option.

    Managing Knotweed with Hardware Cloth

  • Help Us Keep Invasive Plants OUT of the Landscape

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    26 May 2020

    You can do your part as a steward of the land by learning to recognize common invasive plants and removing them from your property. Most can be pulled by hand when small and when the problem is limited to only a few plants. Invasive plants are... INVASIVE; they spread easily and in many cases prevent native plants from being able to grow. Stopping them early is KEY to success. Main site: VTinvasives.org

    BUSH HONEYSUCKLE fact sheet VTInvasives.org

    GARLIC MUSTARD fact sheet VTinvasives.org

    COMMON BUCKTHORN fact sheet VT invasives.org

    JAPANESE BARBERRY fact sheet VTinvasives.org

    WILD CHERVIL fact sheet VTinvasives.org

    ALTERNATIVE PLANT CHOICES TO REPLACE INVASIVES

  • Town-wide Read: Sand County Almanac

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    08 Oct 2020
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    The Jericho Conservation Commission would like to invite you to join us for a town-wide read of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, a provocative collection of essays from one of the most influential thinkers in the environmental movement.

    We will host a kickoff meeting on February 5th at 7pm at the Community Center to introduce the book and enjoy some light refreshments. We have 20 copies of A Sand County Almanac and will give them to the first 20 people who arrive at the kickoff meeting. We invite readers of all ages to participate as well as anyone who has already read the book and wants to read it again or just join in on the discussion.

    We will give readers a little over a month to complete the book. We plan to reconvene for a book discussion on March 11th at the Jericho Town Library to enjoy some more light refreshments and talk about the book! Time TBA.


  • Film: Urban and Suburban Meadows

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    11 Feb 2020
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    Meadows can be big or small, short or tall. However large, the environmental benefits are great. Meadows sequester carbon, retain water, filter pollutants, eliminate the need for fertilizers or pesticides and provide habitat.

    Reduce your carbon footprint. Improve your neighborhood. Enjoy a meadow in your backyard!

    Join the Jericho Conservation Commission as we show the film "Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces".

    Date: Thursday, October 24th at 7pm

    Location: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library

  • National Moth Week - Moth Night

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    07 Nov 2019
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    Please join us on Thursday, July 25th at 8 pm as we celebrate our first MOTH NIGHT!

    Where: Mills Riverside Park, Rt. 15, Jericho, VT - meet in the Pavilion

    What: As part of National Moth Week,a global citizen science effort to learn more about moths, we will be hosting some experts from the Vermont Entomological Society. We will begin with a short presentation about moths and then go out into the field to observe them up-close.