Burke Conservation Commission
Burke Conservation Commission - 2018 Annual Report
Town Forest: The BCC explored the Town Forest property on several occasions- once with Sam Perron, the forester at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, who helped develop the Forest Management Plan. The boundaries were identified, and Chris Manges arranged for boundary markers, which were designed and made by students in the tech ed program at Lyndon Institute. Chris, Hank and Elise put them in place.
Public Programs: Spring: Kevin Mack led a bird walk focused on song birds. A highlight was seeing ravens fledging. Bob Gondar led a grafting workshop at the Burke Mountain Club.
Summer: Doug Morin, Wildlife Biologist/State Land Planner with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, spoke on endangered species in the Northeast Kingdom at the Burke Mountain Club.
Fall: Steve Agius, Manager of the Nulheghan Basin National Wildlife Refuge, gave a presentation on Canada Lynx at the Burke Community Building.
Land Conservation: The BCC is exploring ways to conserve property for conservation and public recreational use.
Greenup Day Signs: Chris made sandwich boards for our signs. Students added "First Saturday in May". The signs were displayed- one in West Burke and one in East Burke.
Tree Planting: Elise and Hank replanted 2 sugar maples at the Burke Community Building in April. A wide mulch of chips was added to protect them from plowing and mowing damage.The Connecticut River Conservancy planted several hundred trees and shrubs along the East Branch of the Passumpsic River as part of the dam removal restoration. Several BCC members participated.
Collaboration with the Burke Town School: BCC members met with middle school teachers to assist in project development for their outdoor education acitivities and service learning plans. The BCC helped fund a conservation themed canoe adventure on the Clyde River and overnight stay at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center for the Burke Outdoor Club (grades 5-8).
Conservation Commission Members: Hank Butler, Joan Harlowe, Elise Lawson, Sue Leskin, Kevin Mack, Chris Manges, Ross Stevens and Cathie Wheeler.
Ric Prescott has resigned and we thank him for his service.