Burke Conservation Commission
Burke Conservation Commission - 2020 Annual Report
Public Programs: In January, Ann Lawless from the "Heat Squad" gave a presentation on home energy audits and rebates available to improve energy efficiency in residential homes. We did not continue public programs for the remainder of the year, but look forward to future programs.
Scholarships: The Conservation Commission supported a Burke student who was able to mentor younger students at a bike camp run by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. See photos from the camp in the Town Report!
Ash Tree Inventory Pilot Study: Matt Langlais, Caledonia County Forester, trained BCC members on ash tree identification and documentation along town road right-of-ways. In June, Commission members inventoried ash trees along Darling Hill and Burke Green Road, noting tree condition and any risk of falling onto the road. Whiteout Solutions did a survey along the same area using a drone later in the summer. Results will be compared, with the hope that the drone work will be more efficient and a valuable tool.
Darling Park Trees: The BCC trimmed suffering trees at Darling Park in hopes of encouraging and retaining healthy new growth. Several trees have been replaced by Burke resident Doug Clarner.
Burke Town Forest: In keeping with our goals as a Commission, the BCC is hoping to raise money (through grants and donations) to purchase land for a Town Forest.
Greenup Day: The Commission posted signs in West Burke, Burke Hollow and East Burke to advertise for Greenup Day. A new 3rd sign was painted by Burke Town School students this year so there was one sign in each village. It was not an organized event this year, but residents could pick up bags and collect trash along the town roads over the week.
Nature Trail: The BCC updated the Nature Trail brochure and replaced some of the posts along the trail. We plan to collaborate with Burke Town School students for future changes and/or to make a kid-friendly version of the brochure.
Conservation Commission Members: Elise Lawson, chair, Joan Harlowe, Kevin Mack, Chris Manges, Ric Prescott and Cathie Wheeler.
Ric Prescott recently resigned from the Commission and we are grateful for his service.