Connections

Spring 2019

By Charlie Hancock, CHC Board Chair

The full version of Board Chair Charlie Hancock's welcome to the Spring Connections newsletter. More...

By Bridget Butler, Bird Diva Consulting

Want to learn more about the birds on your property? Want to go birding in previously un-surveyed parts of Vermont? Register for Birder Broker today! More...

By Cold Hollow to Canada Board

Read more about the big questions the CHC Board raises in response to the changing maple industry in Vermont.

 

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Update courtesy of Vermont Land Trust

Read more about the two properties now protected under conservation easements with the help of the Cold Hollow Land Conservation Fund.  More...

By Liza Morse, CHC Administrative Coordinator

Read more about Vermont Fish & Wildlife's Deerfield Wind Black Bear Study and CHC Administrative Coordinator Liza Morse's experience out in the field with project biologists. More...

By Jim Andrews, Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas

Help support the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas' first ever fundraising event. Learn more here. More...

Make sure to visit our events page to see what's happening in our region this winter. We partner with local conservation commissions and other groups to bring quality programming to the Cold Hollow Mountains. More...

By Charlie Hancock, CHC Board Chair

On behalf of the Cold Hollow to Canada board, I want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy New Year, and thank you for your continued support of our work toward a vision of a healthy and intact forested landscape that supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship, with protection of core... More...

By Liza Morse, CHC Administrative Coordinator

I am so excited to be joining CHC as the new Administrative Coordinator. I have been working actively with Bridget, Charlie, and Nancy to ease the transition as I attempt to fill Bridget's un-fillable shoes.

As with most mountain obsessed Massachusetts natives, I have always wanted to live in... More...

By Keith Thompson, Private Lands Program Manager & Joanne Garton, Special Projects Coordinator at VT Forest, Parks and Recreation

The two dry summers of 2016 and 2017 marked a challenging time for trees. Lack of water, high temperatures, and dry soils added to the growing list of environmental stressors that often tax Vermont’s forests.... More...

By Lucy Rogers, CHC Board Member

The Northern Forest is chock-full of plants and animals with impressive adaptations: peregrine falcons that can reach diving speeds exceeding 200 mph, porcupines with hair that has evolved into hardened quills for protection, coniferous trees that protect their seeds in cones, and ants that can carry many times... More...

by Charlie Hancock, CHC Board Chair

Donating, or selling, a conservation easement is not a decision to be taken lightly. By definition, a conservation easement is forever, so before considering if it may the right thing to protect your land and your legacy, let’s cover some of the basics; including costs, eligibility, tax benefits, exactly what an... More...

By Liza Morse, CHC Administrative Coordinator

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is aptly named, as a bright metallic-green beetle whose larvae bore into ash trees and feed underneath the bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. The Emerald Ash Borer, native to Asia, is an invasive species in the United States and were first... More...

Make sure to visit our events page to see what's happening in our region this winter. We partner with local conservation commissions and other groups to bring quality programming to the Cold Hollow Mountains. More...

By Charlie Hancock, CHC Board Chair

Greetings friends and welcome to the Fall 2018 edition of CONNECTIONS, the quarterly newsletter from Cold Hollow to Canada. With this issue we shift our focus from the working forests which have been and will continue to be, at the core of our work, to step back and look at the role of wild or ‘self-willed’... More...

We'll gather at the Montgomery Grange Hall for a catered dinner and enjoy speaker Tom Butler from the Foundation for Deep Ecology. Suggested donation is $15.  More...

By Nancy Patch, CHC Vice-Chair

There are really big things going on in the Cold Hollow to Canada region. If you have not yet heard, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has bought out their Vermont Land Trust (VLT) partner for the Calavale property that includes the Burnt Mountain ridgeline in Montgomery, and is to be placed in a forever wild easement.... More...

By Emma Sass, UVM Forest Research Technician

The future of the forested landscapes across the Cold Hollow to Canada area—and across Vermont—will be strongly shaped by the legacy planning occurring over the next several decades.

Planning for your legacy can be a long process. It’s important to start planning early to give yourself the full range... More...

By Jeannie Bartlett, Franklin County NRCD

The Franklin County Conservation district is now accepting applications for its annual $500 college scholarship. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage young people from Franklin County to pursue careers in sustainable agricultural and natural resources management.

Applicants demonstrating a... More...

Get a glimpse at what a seasonal Woodlots Gathering looks like with this set of photos from the Richford & Montgomery summer sessions.  More...

Make sure to visit our events page to see what's happening in our region this fall and winter. We partner with local conservation commissions and other groups to bring quality programming to the Cold Hollow Mountains. More...

By Charlie Hancock, CHC Board Chair

On Town Meeting day, Montgomery voted to establish a Municipal Conservation Reserve Fund. This is the second such fund established in the CHC region, with Enosburgh voters establishing a Conservation Reserve Fund fund in 2011. These town funds can be paired with our Land Conservation Fund to offset the cost of... More...

ADAPTED FROM VERMONT FOREST, PARKS, & RECREATION

What is emerald ash borer? What kind of damage does it do? Learn more here. 

 

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By Nancy Patch, CHC Vice-Chair

Cold Hollow to Canada has been a leader in Vermont when it comes to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. Our Woodlots Project was one of the first pilot demonstration forest projects, and the first private lands project, with the USFS National Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIAC). Our... More...

By Joan Hildreth, CHC Board of Directors

Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC) administers two very important citizen science programs, the Keeping Track Monitoring Program (KTMP) and the WildPaths Project. Both have played key roles in increasing our understanding of wildlife habitat connectivity links between large unfragmented blocks of forest in our... More...

By Bridget Butler, CHC Program Director

Here we are headed into Season 3 of the WildPaths Project with lots of momentum and interest building in the wildlife connectivity community. This year we're encouraging all our volunteers to use iNaturalist to report their observations as it's giving us better quality data in terms of geo-location, storage... More...

Make sure to visit our events page to see what's happening in our region this fall and winter. We partner with local conservation commissions and other groups to bring quality programming to the Cold Hollow Mountains. More...

Board Chair Charlie Hancock reflects on what an amazing year 2017 has been for CHC and extends a heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters this year. More...

How do Cold Hollow to Canada's goals match up with the recently released Wildlands & Woodlands Vision by Harvard University. Board member Nancy Patch makes the comparison for us.   More...

Here's a brief history of the Canada Lynx in Vermont by Kim Royar, Fish & Wildlife Biologist and Special Assistant to the Fish & Wildlife Commissioner.  More...