The Huntington Conservation Commission’s purpose is to educate the public regarding conservation issues, assist the Development Review Board, Planning Commission, and Selectboard in conservation matters, conduct studies and publish information on natural resources, and review proposals for Conservation Reserve Funds.
Conservation Commission News:
Public Hearing: Forest Management Plan for the Old Huntington Town Forest November 9, 2023 @ 7 pm. CLICK TO CONNECT VIA ZOOM
Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper and the Huntington Conservation Commission will share the new Forest Management Plan for the 100-acre Huntington Town Forest. This “old” town forest, located on the northeastern side of town near Bert White and Stagecoach Roads, is adjacent to Camel’s Hump State Forest and includes some of the Camel’s Hump Nordic ski trails. Written by Tapper, the Forest Management Plan discusses the condition of the forests and other ecosystems and charts a course for their stewardship over the next 10 years.
The Forest Plan, presented in a “StoryMap” format, is easily viewable online at: https://arcg.is/1P8G0z0
“Powers and Duties of Conservation Commissions” can be found in the Vermont Statutes listed below.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Ad-Hoc Committee:
EAB has been discovered in both Richmond and Bristol – which now makes Huntington an “EAB hot spot.” The committee has completed an inventory of ash trees on Town property and within town road rights-of-way and produced the Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan for the Town of Huntington.
Pollinator Protection for Municipal Property
In June 2022 the Selectboard unanimously endorsed a resolution that municipal properties and easements in Huntington shall be free or nearly free of pesticidal agents.
Planning for the Future of the Texas Hill Buyout Property
Through a FEMA buyout due to severe landslide erosion, the Town has acquired the property at 266/288 Texas Hill Road. The Conservation Commission will be coordinating efforts to determine a FEMA-acceptable “open space” plan to present to the Selectboard. Planning documents are available here.
Click here to access Conservation Commission documents for the proposed Town Community Forest, December 2019.
Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Green Mt. Audubon Nature Center
Finding more species diversity than anticipated, Wally Jenkins has been studying the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) in Huntington since 2008.
Become a Salamander Crossing Guard Volunteer
Learn the details about what crossing guard volunteers do, how data is collected, and how to get involved in this important project to help ensure the long-term survival of vernal pool breeding amphibians
To learn more about salamander crossings and amphibian monitoring, including species identification and othe tips, check out the following websites:
For information on all the reptiles and amphibians in the State of Vermont, check out the “Herp Atlas”.
Huntington Conservation Fund
Conservation Fund criteria, forms, and applications- past and present, can be found in the documents section below.
Conservation Commission Members
4 year terms
- Jeannette Segale (co-chair, term expires 2024)
- Jennifer Esser (co-chair, term expires 2027)
- Josh Burns (term expires 2026)
- Anne Dannenberg (term expires 2027)
- Jane Keir (term expires 2025)
- Diane Reynolds (term expires 2026)
- Guthrie Smith (term expires 2026)
- Barb Winters (term expires 2027)
- Simon Schreier (clerk)
Conservation Commission Documents