Community Conservation Summit: Celebrating 100 years of Town Forests in VT

Date and Time:

November 7, 2015 (All day)


Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT

This fall the Town Forest Centennial Committee and the Association of Vermont's Conservation Commission (AVCC) are teaming up to deliver a day-long educational and networking event for community volunteers engaged in planning and caring for natural resources and town forests. We will be celebrating the milestone year for Vermont's town forests, sharing stories and gaining new skills in resource and people management, as well as exploring emerging issues. Join us as we share experiences and ideas on the many issues communities face in managing natural resource assets, from town forests to town plans!

Who: Open to everyone! This event will serve as the Annual Meeting for AVCC. We welcome current commissioners, community volunteers, and those interested in becoming more involved in their community, including those who want to learn more about how to establish a town forest or strengthen community engagement in existing town properties. Communities who already have town forests and those who currently do not are welcome alike!

Registration:  Pre-registration is required.  Registration fee is $15. Register Now

Tentative Program Schedule:

8:30am                        Registration and Refreshments
9:00-9:30am               Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30-10:15am             Keynote Address- Peter Forbes, writer and co-founder of The Center for Whole Communities
10:30-11:15am           Concurrent Sessions (choose from one of four options)
11:30am–12:15pm     Concurrent Sessions (choose from one of four options)
12:30–1:15pm             Lunch & Exhibitor Space
1:30-2:15pm                Concurrent Sessions (choose from one of four options)
2:30-3:15pm                Celebrating and Recognizing 100 Years of Town Forests
3:30-4:00pm                Ice Cream Social

Event Partners: Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions; Northeastern States Research Cooperative; Northern Forest Center; The Trust for Public Land, University of Vermont Environmental Program; UVM Extension; UVM Historic Preservation Program; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation; and Vermont Land Trust.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact Kate Forrer at (802) 476-2003 ext 210, by October 23rd.

The Community Conservation Summit is supported by the USDA Forest Service and the Vermont Town Forest Centennial Celebration Committee. Celebrating 25 years of USDA Forest Legacy, Forest Stewardship and Urban and Community Forestry and 100 years of town forests in Vermont.