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Reviewing your Town Plan & Regulations: Lessons Learned from our Comprehensive Review

Every eight years, Vermont municipalities update their town plans to set the vision for moving forward and balancing an array of competing values. Natural resource issues are an important consideration in this balancing act. While every town is unique and different resources are present in each community, a lot can be learned from what other towns have done to address these topics. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department & Vermont Natural Resources Council have completed our decennial review of every town plan, zoning, subdivision & ordinance in Vermont. Our analysis offers insights into best practices in handling natural resource issues in municipal planning. Join this session to learn more about improving your town plan natural resources chapter.

Presenters: Jamey Fidel, General Counsel & Forest & Wildlife Program Director, VT Natural Resources Council
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish & Wildlife Department 

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Repeat session of this webinar will be offered on the following date:

Session 2: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 1:00pm-2:00pm  

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Climate action-planning: What should towns do to address climate change?

Vermont’s first Climate Action Plan has been released and we have lots to do! But where to begin? And what are appropriate climate-related projects for Vermont’s Conservation Commissions and towns to tackle? Join the Agency of Natural Resources’ Global Warming Solutions Act Coordinator, Marian Wolz, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Community Wildlife Program staff to learn more about what is in the Climate Action Plan and what your town can do to address these pressing issues.

Presenters: Marian Wolz,  Global Warming Solutions Act Coordinator, VT Agency of Natural Resources
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Climate action-planning: What should towns do to address climate change?

Vermont’s first Climate Action Plan has been released and we have lots to do! But where to begin? And what are appropriate climate-related projects for Vermont’s Conservation Commissions and towns to tackle? Join the Agency of Natural Resources’ Global Warming Solutions Act Coordinator, Marian Wolz, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Community Wildlife Program staff to learn more about what is in the Climate Action Plan and what your town can do to address these pressing issues.

Presenters: Marian Wolz,  Global Warming Solutions Act Coordinator, VT Agency of Natural Resources
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Repeat session of this webinar will be offered on the following date: 

Session 2: Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm  

Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Improving Habitat for Vermont's Black Bears

Black bears are an iconic species in Vermont.  Loss of habitat is of great concern for the continued success of our black bear population.

Join VT Coverts:Woodlands for Wildlife as they host Jackie Comeau, VT Fish &Wildlife biologist, who will share about the habitat needs of Vermont’s black bears. We will discuss options to improve bear food sources in your woodlot and steps to discourage them from your backyard. Registration is required.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Vermont Conservation Design for Landowners - CANCELED

THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS SPRING

Have you ever considered how your land fits in to the ecology of Vermont? Wondering if your woods are a cut above? Join Andy Wood with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to learn how Vermont Conservation Design’s cutting edge science can help you better understand your woods, waters, and wildlife. Participants can expect to leave with an understanding of how to access VCD data, how to map their land in BioFinder, and how to put science to action on the ground.  

Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Land Ethic Vermont- Winter Reading Group

As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, now is the time to crack open a good book about the natural world. Join Land Ethic Vermont for a discussion of some of our favorite books on nature, science, conservation, and the great outdoors. Partners from the Vermont Land Trust, Audubon Vermont, Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Coverts, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will share their top picks just in time for the winter solstice and long, dark nights perfect for reading.

Land Ethic Vermont is a collaborative movement to develop, maintain, inspire, and promote a land ethic amongst the people of Vermont with the goal of maintaining the health of the Vermont landscape for people, wildlife and other species. Learn more about Land Ethic Vermont by clicking here

Preregistration is required for this event.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Act 171: Selecting Forest Blocks & Habitat Connectors for Your Town Plan

Act 171 requires towns to identify and protect forest blocks and habitat connectors. But what exactly does that mean? And how do you figure out which blocks and connectors are most valuable to wildlife and your community? Join the Community Wildlife Program at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to learn a step-by-step selection process. We'll explain the background science and help towns select areas to prioritize that meet Act 171 requirements and make sense for their community.  

Presenters: 
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish & Wildlife Department 
Andy Wood, Conservation Planner, VT Fish & Wildlife Department 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The River Corridor, Floodplains, and Riparian Habitat

The network of streams and rivers across Vermont is critically important for climate resilience. These places are dynamic systems, constantly changing and home to incredible biological diversity as well as many other functions and values. In this collaborative presentation, join a panel of planners from the Agency of Natural Resources to learn about these unique ecosystems at several scales: as part of a larger watershed and network of connected lands and waters, as a unit for town planning, and as dynamic places for river processes. 

Presenters: 
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Danielle Owczarski, Watershed Planner, VT Department of Environmental Conservation 
Staci Pomeroy, River Scientist, VT Department of Environmental Conservation 

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Friday, November 5, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The River Corridor, Floodplains, and Riparian Habitat

The network of streams and rivers across Vermont is critically important for climate resilience. These places are dynamic systems, constantly changing and home to incredible biological diversity as well as many other functions and values. In this collaborative presentation, join a panel of planners from the Agency of Natural Resources to learn about these unique ecosystems at several scales: as part of a larger watershed and network of connected lands and waters, as a unit for town planning, and as dynamic places for river processes. 

Presenters: 
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Danielle Owczarski, Watershed Planner, VT Department of Environmental Conservation 
Staci Pomeroy, River Scientist, VT Department of Environmental Conservation 

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Friday, November 5, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Natural Resources Inventories

This webinar is for towns, organizations, and landowners looking to better understand their land, conducting a Natural Resources Inventory is a great place to start.  Whether you are interested in wildlife, wetlands, or forest blocks, a natural resources inventory can help you identify what matters most and where it occurs on the landscape. Join Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Community Wildlife Program to learn how you can effectively kickstart this process and get the most out of your time and resources. This webinar is intended for Vermonters serving on town boards, municipal staff, conservation organizations, and interested Vermonters, and is hosted in partnership with the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions (AVCC).

Presenters: 
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Andy Wood, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Friday, October 15, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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