We thank you for your support in helping us achieve another banner year at the VINS Nature Center.    Below are excerpts from Vermont Nature, a publication of VINS: 


Bringing People together in 2018, we are marking the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a powerful piece of  conservation legislation that has saved the lives of millions of birds in North America, and laid the foundation for further conservation measures that protect our land and water.  

VINS Forest Canopy Walk, a new exhibit is coming to VINS – the Forest Canopy Walk. The “Walk” will complement VINS’ mission and enhance its world-class environmental education for visitors. Designed so people of all levels of ability can enjoy it, this new feature will offer every generation a new perspective  and way to experience the beauty of the landscape.

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Conservation Committee Members

Robin Timko - 226-7736
Tim O'Donoghue - 226-7023
April Hensel
Claire Walker
Sara Stowell

The CCCA has been from it's beginning concerned with land use and preservation. As an organization we strive to find ways to mitigate the continued fragmentation of our land which threatens both the local population of wildlife as well as the migratory birds. In areas such as Hartland Vermont large mammals such as bear, moose, bobcat and even deer are no longer to be found due to development. Certain development practises can also bring about a degredation to our quality of life such as clean water, the beauty of our meadows, forests and mountainsides, the lack of objectionable noise and air pollution.

Goal 1 of the Cavendish Town Plan states our collective desire - "To encourage development so as to maintain the rural atmosphere of the community and historic settlement pattern of compact village centers separated by rural countryside."

Conservation Incentive Program

for Land Owners.

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One area our community has deemed important to protect is The Black River Corridor in Cavendish.


One of Cavendish’s most scenic and treasured natural assets is the Black River Corridor. The Cavendish Town plan describes this area as “a significant and essential scenic resource that runs through the town. The Black River Corridor travels east from the intersection of Route 103 to Weatherfield along the Black River and includes Scenic Route 131 which was designated one of three State Scenic Highways in 1998.”  The town plan calls for protection of this area and preservation of open space between and surrounding the two village areas.  This protection includes working with existing land trusts or creation of a new land trust to purchase significant natural and aesthetic resources.  Of particular interest to CCCA is the protection,  either through conservation easements or purchase, of the remaining undeveloped parcels of open field between the two villages, some of which have served as areas where flood waters can spread out and thus reduces pressure on developed areas along the river.  These areas also have served as important access for recreation use of the river for fishing and other pursuits.

Management of Floodplains in Cavendish

On Friday May 15th fourteen people gathered in the field below the Stubelek house on route 131 to plant a riparian buffer along the Black River. The project was made possible by the Ecological Restoration Grant that the Town of Cavendish received from the State of Vermont to help with the management of floodplains in Cavendish. Both the CCCA and the Town of Cavendish have been working on this project for a number of years. It was great to see the plantings finally go in!  Let us hope the little bushes and trees thrive and prosper, sending down roots to help hold the banks of the River from erosion when next the river rises. Of tremendous assistance in the planting effort was Kelly Stettner of the Black River Action Team (see link to their website below) and Ron Rhodes of the Connecticut River Watershed. Members of the Conservation Committee of the CCCA, Robin Timko, Sara Stowell and Tim O'Donoghue were on hand to help with the planting as well as Margo Caulfield and friends of the B.R.A.T. For photos of the event, see the slide show below.

Black River Action Team