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May 2024 eNews

Conservation Spotlight

Charlotte Metcalf's Conservation Commitment Grows

Last month, Charlotte Metcalf updated a conservation easement she donated more than 15 years ago. The restated deed removes reserved rights for houses, adds acreage and adds protective terms, now covering 159 acres and more than a mile of streams. Charlotte’s restated conservation easement carries forward her commitment to permanence and to the resilience of nature. This is a place for plants, birds, mammals, amphibians, pollinators, seeps, springs and streams… forever. More of the story here.

Elizabeth's Brook Now Bears Her Name

The U.S. Geological Survey has named a Grant Brook tributary Elizabeth Brook, approving a request made by friends and family of Elizabeth Kilmarx, who lived for years within earshot of its waters. Elizabeth was an avid volunteer who served the town of Lyme virtually any time more hands were needed and was deeply involved in supporting the UVLT’s mission. We are thrilled that Elizabeth’s name will forever be attached to the stream and watershed she knew and loved. Read more here.

Farming and the Farm Bill

Last month at the Newmont Farm in Bradford, Vermont Senator Peter Welch took comments on the pending Farm Bill from farmers and conservationists attending a meeting sponsored by the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Peg Merrens joined a full room of farmers discussing agriculture trends, needs, and opportunities in the Connecticut River Valley. A portion of the meeting focused on the role of farmland conservation in ensuring that agricultural lands remain available and productive for our future food needs.

Upcoming Events


Declining Biodiversity in Upper Valley Forests:

The Impact of Deer

Wednesday, May 1

What’s happening in our woods? Join five wildlife experts and hunters from NH and VT for a discussion of the impact of deer on the landscape. This is the second of three conversations on declining biodiversity in Upper Valley forests. Attend in person at the Howe Library Mayer Room, in Hanover or online via Zoom. No registration required in person; register for Zoom here. This program is co-sponsored by the Hanover Conservation Commission/Biodiversity Committee and the Howe Library, with numerous partners including UVLT. Unable to attend? All programs are recorded, contact us for the link.

Look for UVLT at the Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival May 5

Next Sunday, UVLT will be joining in the fun at Herricks Cove in Rockingham, VT. If you haven’t been to Herricks Cove, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a special day! This popular, family-friendly annual festival features live animals, nature-focused walks, kids’ activities, presentations by environmental and nature organizations, and demonstrations including the return of Vermont Game Warden canine units. A variety of local vendors will offer food, wildlife art, crafts, books, and gifts throughout the day. Visit the festival website for updates and more information:

More Events on our Calendar Here

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