Created on Thursday, 17 May 2007 06:26
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2007 06:26
Warren officials are calling on town residents to pass on what they know about wetlands, wildlife and more for a natural heritage assessment that is just getting started.
The Warren Planning Commission and Conservation Commission are facilitating the project, which is slated to inventory wildlife habitats, natural communities, wetlands, wildlife corridors, and vernal pools in the town of Warren.
"This ecological assessment and wildlife inventory will help the town and its residents gain a better understanding of areas that are critical to the long-term success of various species and are therefore more or less appropriate for development or conservation," according to a statement from the conservation commission.
This work is funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs through the Municipal Planning Grant Program and is being conducted by Arrowwood Environmental LLC based in Huntington, Vermont. It is an extension of the natural heritage assessment recently completed in the towns of Fayston and Waitsfield.
The consultants presented the project and introduced several base maps at an initial meeting on May 14 at the Warren Town Hall. The data presented on these maps were compiled mainly from analyzing recent aerial and ortho photos.
In order to collect more accurate field data, the consultants said they need input from community members. In particular they are interested in hearing about significant wetlands and vernal pools, isolated seasonal bodies of water that dry up during the summer or fall and are not part of a wetland complex. They also ask community residents to let them know about specific wildlife sightings around town, particularly bear, bobcat, coyote, moose, and deer.
A map will be set up in the Warren School lobby starting the week of May 21. Kids and adults will be invited to write their sightings on the map. After June 15, the map will be moved to the municipal building, the Schoolhouse Market, and other public spaces around town. It will also be available at various local events.
The consultants are also interested in hearing from residents willing to let them walk their land. Property owners who would like to participate are asked to call Warren Conservation Commission Chair Margo Wade at 496-2758 or email
. Residents may also contact Wade with any questions about the project.