August 26, 2015
From the Monkton Community Group:
The preliminary work on the Monkton Wildlife Crossing Project will start on Monday August 24th. As a result traffic on the Monkton Vergennes Road will be restricted to a single lane just North of where the road crosses the Huizenga swamp. Current plans call for closing the road completely for one or two days in the first or second week in September but exact timing is yet to be determined. For more information on the project there was an article in the Burlington Free Press.
August 6, 2015
Lewis Creek Association Presents $119,214. 29 to Monkton Selectboard on August 10 2015
Ground breaking for construction of the Monkton Road wildlife crossings is scheduled for the week of Aug 17. This unique project, allowing thousands of salamanders and other wildlife access to their critical habitat that is bisected by the Monkton Vergennes Road, has been made possible with both public and private funding. On Monday August 10, the Lewis Creek Association (LCA) will present the Monkton Select Board with a check for $119,214.29 for the $290,000 project.
These crossings consist of two large concrete culverts with a natural bottom. Concrete walls will guide and funnel the amphibians into the culverts during their spring and fall migrations. These wildlife culverts will be large enough to accommodate other wildlife known to cross here such as bobcat. As humans use the Monkton-Vergennes Road to commute between work, home and recreation; wildlife needing access between upland habitat and wetlands, severed by the road, also travel in this corridor. The rare blue-spotted salamander is among this regionally-significant group of amphibians that inhabit the rich natural area surrounding this increasingly busy road.
The Monkton Conservation Commission (MCC) began this volunteer effort over ten years ago. As knowledgeable and dedicated citizens, they worked tirelessly to protect these vulnerable species. The MCC along with the dozens of area residents spent hundreds of hours on rainy spring nights monitoring the diversity of species and mortality rates in the Huizenga swamp area. In 2008 the Lewis Creek Association joined the effort to help raise the funds needed to match the Vermont Agency of Transportation Federal Highway Administration grant of $150,000 and a Vermont Fish and Wildlife State Wildlife Action Grant of $45,000. LCA is pleased to have worked with both the Monkton Conservation Commission and the Select Board on this important wildlife project. These small and mostly unseen animals attracted support from hundreds of donors with gifts ranging from $5.00 to $15,000.
The Town of Monkton has hired S. D. Ireland of Williston, VT as the contractor for this local project that has enjoyed global attention. Construction is anticipated to begin the week of August 17, 2015; and will be fully complete by October, 2015. The engineering firm of Lamoureaux & Dickinson, of Essex Junction, VT, and herpetologist consultant Jim Andrews will remain involved with the project by working closely with S. D. Ireland throughout construction.
Chris Slesar Monkton Conservation Commission firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Pilcher Monkton Selectboard email@example.com
Andrea Morgante Lewis Creek Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Illick Lewis Creek Association email@example.com
July 1, 2015
Montpelier, Vt. – Recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were announced and recognized at a ceremony at the State House today. Environmental excellence awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 200 efforts have been recognized.
“From businesses and non-profits to municipalities and educational institutions, it’s inspiring to see the work Vermonters are doing on a day-to-day basis to protect our environment and quality of life. I want to congratulate and thank all of the recipients for their hard work and dedication to keeping Vermont beautiful,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin.
“These projects contribute significantly to Vermont’s environmental quality and encourage others to take similar actions to protect our resources,” said Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. “They demonstrate the importance of innovation and partnerships in enhancing and sustaining Vermont’s environmental quality.
Recipients included Marty Illick of the Lewis Creek Association (Charlotte) for implementing a successful gully stabilization project on a farm, reducing sedimentation and erosion by over 90% from six gullies.
May 23, 2015
May 19, 2015
Come and join expert forager Kelly King for a walk through our sugarbush in Starksboro. Kelly, from Wild Kelly's Wild Edibles is a forager, educator and consultant. Wild Kelly teaches about foraging and managing property for wild edibles through classes, workshops, nature walks, and individual property consultations. She also manages the Jericho's Farmers Market so we are very lucky that, despite her very busy schedule, she agreed to come over for this lovely event at our sugarbush. There will be edible treats at the end of the event - just come prepared for an improvised pic-nic in the middle on nature. We can hardly wait! I hope you will join us! You will receive more details about the event after you sign up (check our on line store for tickets). You can also read more about this in our online Store.
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