Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Woodlot for Sale

The parcel is 10 acres and located on Coppermine Road, Corinth, VT.

Visit: for more information, or call UVLT's office at (603) 643-6626.


Monday, June 15, 2009

"Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home" Comes to the Upper Valley

Upper Valley Land Trust, Vermont Earth Institute, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Sustainable Hanover, League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, and Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District will co-sponsor the film Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7pm at the Howe Library’s Mayer Room, Hanover. This 76-minute documentary features the McDonalds, a husband, wife, and three young children from Toronto, who agree to star in the film as guinea pigs by storing three month’s worth of garbage in their garage.

The film explores the origins of the McDonald’s garbage and traces its path once it leaves their garage. Director Andrew Nisker takes the viewer to landfills, recycling centers and to the heart of Toronto’s multi-million dollar “wet garbage” processing plant – a place where city residents’ food scraps, paper towels and kitty litter are all processed into composting material.

The film tackles more than garbage – it looks at the negative aspects of phosphates in laundry detergent, heavy metals in the human body, and the ways in which communities in Michigan deal with their status as the dumpster for Canada’s trash. The film addresses the implications of lifestyle issues, such as energy use and mountain top mining for coal, which is the energy source for Toronto families like the McDonalds. Together, the McDonalds and viewers of this documentary discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet. The film places the focal point of change in the home, and enables viewers to see the ways in which seemingly minor decisions can make a big difference in terms of the health of the earth. According to Nora Doyle-Burr, Programs Coordinator of the Upper Valley Land Trust, “We sponsors have come together with our mutual concerns to raise public awareness and action to use less energy, fewer natural resources – and to not pollute and despoil the environment.”

For more information about Garbage see There will be a short discussion following the film; attendees will be encouraged to think of ways that they can take action to reduce our garbage. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your bowl and cup for free popcorn and drinks. For more information contact Barbara Duncan at or 802-333-3664.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Protecting Critical Wildlife Habitat in the Upper Valley Region

HANOVER, NH—Upper Valley Land Trust will host Emily Brunkhurst of New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department for a presentation entitled “Enhancing Small Scale Habitats: Grasslands, Shrublands, and Vernal Pools.” The event will be held on June 22nd at 7pm at the Richard Black Center on Lebanon Street in Hanover.

Small scale habitats such as grasslands, vernal pools, and shrublands, provide critical habitat for some of New Hampshire's imperiled wildlife species. These species include: marbled salamanders, black racers, grasshopper sparrows, and New England cottontails. Enhancing habitats for wildlife helps maintain the biological diversity of the State, which is the goal of New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plan. “Grasslands and shrublands must be managed to stay as those habitats, and so specific management techniques are important” says Emily Brunkhurst. “Vernal pools can be affected by forest management, so some special considerations are needed to ensure those pools stay productive.”

As Emily Brunkhurst will explain on June 22, vernal pools are wetland depressions identifiable by their relatively small size, physical isolation, and alternation between periods of flooding and drying. Loss of large quantities of vernal pool habitat can lead to local extinction of vernal pool-dependent species, for example: fairy shrimp, wood frog, spotted salamander, blue-spotted salamander, Jefferson salamander, and the state endangered marbled salamander. A database of vernal pool locations in the State is currently under development.

Other critical habitats currently under threat are grasslands. Grasslands are dominated by grasses, wildflowers, and sedges—with little shrub or tree cover. This includes hayfields, pastures and other grassy spaces such as capped landfills. Grasslands in New Hampshire must be mown to prevent them from becoming shrublands or forests, however, the mowing must be done in ways and at times so as to not harm or disturb the wildlife during critical breeding periods. This type of habitat is home to the Northern leopard frog, smooth green snake, Northern harrier, upland sandpiper, Eastern meadowlark, horned lark, purple martin, vesper sparrow, Henslow's sparrow, and the grasshopper sparrow, among others. Only 8% of New Hampshire grasslands are protected by conservation easements. As grasslands grow into shrublands, they provide habitat for a whole new suite of species.

At the June 22nd presentation, New Hampshire Fish and Game's Emily Brunkhurst will explain ways of identifying these habitats, as well as ways of maintaining and enhancing them through management practices and the maintenance of buffers. This event is free and open to the public. To register in advance, contact Nora at (603) 643-6626 ext. 102, or

Monday, June 8, 2009

Conservation Easement Protects Lebanon Drinking Water Supply

LEBANON, NH—As of May 2009, the Lebrun Meadow along Mascoma Lake is protected through a conservation easement held in perpetuity by the Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT). The conservation of this undeveloped land was made possible through the efforts of the City of Lebanon, its Conservation Commission, and the Water Supply Land Grant Program of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). Further financial support for the project came from the Lebanon Open Space Trust Fund which receives penalty money when lands are removed from the Current Use Assessment for development.

The protection of this parcel will help to safeguard water resources and other valuable natural resources for the benefit of current and future inhabitants of the City of Lebanon. The conservation easement ensures that the land’s uses will remain consistent with goals to preserve water quality of surface and groundwater resources. As it did for this project, DES provides grant money to support the protection of water supply lands throughout the state of New Hampshire.

This 21.3 acre parcel, located between Route 4 and Mascoma Lake, was within a priority area for conservation in the City of Lebanon’s Master Plan. In addition to the value provided to the City through water protection benefits, the parcel has significant scenic value for people traveling along the busy Route 4 corridor, the Northern Rail Trail, or using the lake itself.

The Lebanon Conservation Commission is committed to maintaining the property for low-impact recreation and wildlife habitat. They have worked with the UNH Cooperative Extension to develop a management plan and mowing regimen to improve the property for wildlife and native species diversity. According to Lebanon Conservation Commission Chair, Judy Mcnab, “The property will be mowed according to a plan developed by NH Forester, Matt Tarr, to provide a variety of bird and small mammal habitats. As with all Lebanon Conservation lands the public is welcome to visit the land as long as they are respectful of its ecological values.”

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Two Upcoming Events in Bradford, VT

Community Hike and 15-year Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, June 6th, meeting at Wright's MT Trailhead, 9:30 am

Refreshments, Music and Ribbon-Cutting to open a new 1/2 mile trail called "Appreciation Way", dedicated to all the volunteers who have helped build and maintain trails and made this beautiful land more accessible to people of all ages.

"Appreciation Way" meanders away from the main Wright's MT Trail, through an evergreen stand and gradually up though a hardwood forest to a ridgeline plateau that offers distant views of Corinth to the West and NH mountains to the East. It rejoins the Wright's MT Trail for the final ascent to the cabin, which is perched at Bradford's highest point. (Easy to Moderate)

2009 marks the 15th year since Wright's MT was purchased from the Appleton Family and was conserved for the public's use FOREVER.

5th Annual Devil's Den Celebration, Sunday, June 7th, beginning at noon to mark the 5-year anniversary of Devil's Den being conserved.

Cook-out, live music, campfire, stories, guided hikes.

This event will be staged at the Devil's Den parking area on Chase Hollow Road. Parking will be available at a log landing about 1/4 mile from the Devil's Den Trailhead.

Contact Nancy Jones for more information about either of these events at, or (802) 439-3562.