Nature & Conservation Resources

This page pertains to our available Vermont nature, wildlife and conservation resources. Examples are our Fish and Wildlife Department, information on invasive plants, Emerald Ash Borer, country foresters, information on ticks, and so on.

Bumblebees of Vermont (iNaturalist)
Visual resource to assist in identifying these important pollinators.

Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading northward and has now been found in several counties in Vermont. Each person can do his/her part to monitor for signs of this beetle in their woodlands/property. Using only local wood for burning can help stem the tide of this destructive beetle.
Vermont Invasives  – Emerald Ash Borer page
Arbor Day Foundation – Emerald Ash Borer page

Pollinator Partnership
Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. The organization hosts Pollinator Week each year in June, to focus on the need to conserve the creatures that pollinate the world’s food supply.
Website: https://www.pollinator.org/

Ticks in Vermont
Vermont Department of Health pages on ticks in Vermont and the diseases they carry. The most common tick, the Black-legged tick, carries Lyme Disease.
Be Tick Smart – link to page

Use Value Appraisal (Current Use Program)
Vermont‘s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) Program (also known as “Current Use”) enables eligible private lands where owners practice long-term forestry or agriculture to be appraised based on the property’s value of production of wood or food rather than its residential or commercial development value.
Website: https://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/managing-your-woodlands/use-value-appraisal

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension
UVM Extension integrates higher education, research and outreach to help Vermonters put knowledge to work in their families and homes, farms and businesses, towns and the natural environment. Faculty and staff, located in offices around the state, help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information. They have events throughout the state.
Website: https://www.uvm.edu/extension

Mad River Resource Management Alliance (MRRMA)
The Mad River Resource Management Alliance (MRRMA) serves the Vermont communities of Fayston, Moretown, Roxbury, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury to provide assistance in the management of a variety of waste management systems.
They hold a variety of workshops throughout the year and two Hazardous Waste Disposal/Paint Drop & Swap events each year, in Spring and Autumn. MRRMA produces a biannual newsletter.
David McShane is our local representative on the MRRMA Board.

PO Box 210, Waterbury Center VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7373
Fax: (802) 244-7570
Email: malterport[at]aol.com
Website: http://www.madriverrma.org/

For commercial growers:
Commercial growers have access to the UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic.
UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic
201 Jeffords Building | 63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT 05405:
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (802) 656-0493 | Email: Ann.Hazelrigg@uvm.edu

University of Vermont ‘Ask the Expert
Have a gardening, composting, or non-gardening question? UVM has an expert for that.
UVM Extension Master Gardeners provide assistance through the hotline, and educational/community activities throughout the state.
UVM Master Gardener Helpline:
Monday, Wednesday-Thursday – 9am-12pm:  (802)-656-5421
Ask A Master Gardener Online Form. Please allow 5-7 business days before receiving a reply.
Submit a specimen to the Plant Pathology Lab. (PDF document)

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Overarching state agency responsible for all aspects of preserving, protecting, and enhancing Vermont’s valuable natural resources. Sets policy, assists homeowners with their habitat, hosts events.
Environmental Assistance Hotline: 800-974-9559
Environmental Violation Reporting: 802-828-1254 (during business hrs)
Environmental Violation Reporting online form
Website: https://anr.vermont.gov/

Vermont Beekeepers Association
The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents over five hundred beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. Membership ranges from hobbyists, small-scale beekeepers, to full-time professionals.
Website: https://www.vermontbeekeepers.org/

Vermont County Foresters
List of county foresters. They oversee consultant foresters and recommend them to landowners seeking responsible management of their woodlands. Foresters are a required component for all landowners involved in inthe Use Value Appraisal (Current Use) Program (Act 250/UVA).
Website: https://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/list-vermont-county-foresters

Vermont Department of Environment Conservation
Part of the Agency of Natural Resources. Manages water and air quality, regulates solid and hazardous wastes and reduction programs, collect data, conduct research, administer grants, provide volunteer and ourtreach programs.
Website: https://dec.vermont.gov/

Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
State department under the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Oversees all state lands and waterways, and forest managment. promotes responsible land and water managment. Sets policies on use of ATVs, utility easements, trail closures, parks vendors, natural areas designations, etc.
Website: https://fpr.vermont.gov/

Vermont Fish and Wildlife
Department which oversees hunting, fishing, state forests and state lands, fish stocking, and various programs throughout the year. Hunting/Fishing licenses are provided by them. E-newsletter available.
Website: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/

Vermont Invasives
This is the go-to-resource for information on invasive plants/shrubs/trees in Vermont. Has excellent galleries by type of invasive and how to recognize invasives vs. non-inveasives. E-newsletter available.
URL: https://www.vtinvasives.org/

Vermont Natural Resources Council
VNRC keeps Vermonters informed on the environmental issues they care most about. VNRC have a constant presence in the Vermont State House to promote a vision of a Vermont that is healthy and sustainable. Membership-based organization. Works to preserve water, forests and wildlife, sustainable communities and energy / climate action. Has e-newsletter.
Website: http://vnrc.org/

Vermont Center of Ecostudies / Vermont Atlas of Life – Bumblebee Atlas
One of their projects is tracking and reserching the bumblebee species in Vermont. This link is their details profiles of the bumblebee (and 1 carpenter bee) species in Vermont.
Website link: http://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/bumble-bee-atlas/species/

Vermont Center of Ecostudies
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies advances the conservation of wildlife across the Americas through research, monitoring and citizen engagement. Programs include citizen science projects.
Website: https://vtecostudies.org/

Vermont Center for Ecostudies – Vermont Atlas of Life
The Vermont Atlas of Life is a library of knowledge on Vermont’s animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms – an online, real-time resource with maps, photographs, and data open for anyone to use. They have a number of programs you can support.
Website: http://val.vtecostudies.org/

Vermont Community Garden Network
The Vermont Community Garden Network’s mission is to support and grow the state’s vibrant network of community and school gardens. Promotes planting native plants for pollinators. Has events throughout the state, a directory of community gardens and other information. Can become a member.
Website: https://vcgn.org/

VTLyme
Organization which provides information on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
Website: https://vtlyme.org/

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Not a Vermont-based organization. They are the go-to group for all things relating to the protection and conservation of pollinators – birds, bees, bats, native flowers. They have citizen science projects, and work on monarch butterfly conservation, bumblebee conservation, healthy watersheds, education and outreach.

Cyanobacteria
Health Vermont has excellent information on this ‘blue-green algae’, that can cause serious illness in humans and can be fatal for pets if ingested.
https://www.healthvermont.gov/tracking/cyanobacteria-tracker
Cyanobacteria Infosheet (PDF)