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. A detailed description of the “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.
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 below:
FEMA Mitigation Site Visit: Texas Hill Buyout Property
National Recreation & Park Association: Creating Mini-Parks
Texas Hill Warranty Deed Restrictions
After FEMA Buyouts – Towns Envision uses for Land (from NPR)
Conservation Commission Members (all 4 year terms):
- Jeannette Segale (co-chair, term expires 2024)
- Barrett Grimm (co-chair, term expires 2023)
- Jenna Koloski (term expires 2022)
- Darlene Palola (term expires 2022)
- Guthrie Smith (term expires 2023)
- Charles Martin (term expires 2022)
- Jennifer Esser (term expires 2023)
- Anne Dannenberg (term expires 2023)
- Micah Mutrux (clerk)
Conservation Commission News:
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.
Click the following link to learn more about his findings:
Click the following link to see a couple of his photographs:
Become a Salamander Crossing Guard Volunteer
To 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, click the following link:
To learn more about salamander crossings and amphibian monitoring, including species identification and other 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
To learn more about the Huntington Conservation Fund:
Huntington Conservation Fund Documents and Research Links:
2017 Conservation Fund Application from Friends of Gillett Pond:
2017 Conservation Fund Application for Improvements for the Town Hall (March 1, 2017):
Click here for: Criteria for Use of Huntington’s Conservation Fund
Click here for: Conservation Fund Application Process
Click here for: Conservation Fund Application Form: