Burke, Vermont Town Charter Granted February 26, 1782

Burke Conservation Commission

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Conservation Commission

 Our Mission Statement: The Burke Conservation Commission will work to maintain the rural character of the Town of Burke by conserving and enhancing natural and cultural resources and open spaces within our community..

 East Burke Dam:  Based on sound science and established ecological principles, the Burke Conservation Commission has unanimously agreed that the systematic removal of the deteriorating East Burke dam is the proper course of action. Such a methodical removal will improve habitat conditions for fish and other aquatic organisms, restore accessibility for aquatic life to more than 14 miles of river, improve water quality (temperature and dissolved oxygen), and avoid the highly damaging effects that could result from a future dam failure. Here is a link to a video on dam removal-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCQiaT1KcPo

A letter from the BCC to the Army Corps of Engineers is on the Document page.

Commission members:

  • Hank Butler, chair
  • Kevin Mack
  • Chris Manges, treasurer
  • Joan Harlowe, secretary
  • Ric Prescott
  • Ross Stevens
  • Elise Lawson
  • Sue Leskin
  • Cathie Wheeler 

 The Conservation Commission has hosted several public forums:

  • Button Up Vermont - addressed energy conservation for homeowners
  • Land Conservation- representatives from 2 land trusts, an attorney and county forester addressed current            use and conservation easements 
  • Natural Resource Mapping Project- focused on contiguous forests, wetlands and riparian areas 


The Conservation Commission has organized several community events:

  • "Trees for Streams"  plantings for riparian restoration along the Passumpsic River
  • River Clean Up 
  • Green Up  Day
  • Water monitoring at 14 sites in the Passumpsic River watershed (7 rounds during summer 2015)
  • Tree Plantings at the Community Building and in Darling Memorial Park  (30 maple trees)


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