Be sure to visit the Bradford Conservation Commission Website and Facebook Page. The Bradford Conservation Commission (BCC) was officially established in 1990, when its first set of by-laws were approved by the Bradford Selectboard. This 9-member board is made up of community volunteers who serve for 3-year terms. The BCC meets at the Bradford Academy at 6:30 pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and all meetings are open to the public.
Anyone interested in helping the Bradford Conservation Commission with its important work should come to a meeting, or contact Nancy Jones, Chair at 802-439-3562.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Plan Presentation for Bradford
The Town of Bradford will be hosting a public plan presentation to share the draft town forest recreation plan with the selectboard and the community. Bradford was selected as one of 10 communities in Vermont to receive a grant from The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program. This grant program assists Vermont communities interested in addressing issues and opportunities in the recreational use and stewardship of their town forest. Our community’s feedback—provided through the public workshops and community survey—has been incorporated into a draft plan for our town forest with actionable strategies to achieve the vision. This presentation is your opportunity to learn about and offer input on the draft plan. Your input will help ensure that our action-based town forest recreation plan aligns with our community values and that the strategies reflect the town’s priorities for implementation. Hope to see you there!
What: Plan Presentation Plan Presentation Flyer_Bradford
Where: Bradford Academy
When: Thursday, October 25th, 6:30 PM
About the Program:
The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is a joint initiative of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FRP) and UVM Extension (Extension). Working group members include FPR’s Recreation Program, Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and Extension’s Tourism and Marketing Program. Partners includes over 40 organizations and stakeholders who attended a summit in January 2017 to help shape the process and deliverables. Over the next year the program and its partners worked with SE Group, a consultant specializing in community planning, to engage the ten selected communities in a robust planning process to develop action-based town forest recreation plans. The innovative and robust planning model included public visioning sessions, needs assessments, and a plan that provides actionable strategies to assist communities in taking the next steps. In 2018 comprehensive action-oriented town forest stewardship and recreation plans were developed for these ten Vermont communities, including Bradford. Based on the outcomes of these diverse forests and communities, a town forest recreation planning toolkit will be released to support sustainable, forest-based recreation in town forests statewide.
About Bradford’s Forest:
Wright’s MT/Devil’s Den Town Forest is a 507-acre parcel within 10 minutes of Bradford’s downtown. This town forest is widely used by local residents and schools and is increasingly becoming a destination for visitors to the region. The Bradford Conservation Commission, charged with managing the town forest, is interested in increasing use and appreciation of forest, but in a way that balances the integrity of forest values and existing wildlife populations. Recognizing the link between a healthy resource, recreation opportunities, and a vibrant downtown, Bradford has strategically engaged owners of Colatina Exit Restaurant to be on the project steering committee to keep their eye on economic development opportunities.
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