Join former UVLT Stewardship Coordinator, Monica Erhart, for a nature walk at a UVLT conserved property owned by Steve & Shiela Swett in Sharon, VT. Upon donating the conservation easement on the parcel in 1999, Steve Swett said, â€œThere is something on â€˜The Landâ€™ for everyone, be they salamanders reproducing in vernal pools, foxes trotting through the forest, or pileated woodpeckers feeding on insects in decaying trees. For generations, beaver gnawed down saplings and built their dams. The beaver are gone now, but they will return. Otters cleaned out the fish in days gone by, but we expect that they will be back, too. As for the stunning wood duck, the elegant great blue heron, and the elusive hermit thrush, it is their land: the water, the sky, all of it.â€
Monica Erhart has a Masters in Botany from UVMâ€™s field naturalist program; since leaving UVLT in 2009, Monica has become the Linkage Coordinator in Rutland and southern Addison counties for the Staying Connected Initiative. The project aims to link conservation areas from the Tug Hill Plateau in central New York, across the northern Appalachian Mountains through Vermont, to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. This walk will be a great chance to catch up with Monica and visit a lovely conserved property â€“ donâ€™t miss this opportunity!
For more information or to register, please contact Nora Doyle-Burr at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 643-6626 ext.102.
Directions to the property:
Take Main St. in Norwich to Dan & Whit’s, then take first Left on Beaver Meadow Rd. Proceed 5-1/2 miles through the village of West Norwich to the end of pavement at Sharon town line. Continue another 2 mi. to Drum Heller Rd., on Right after you start to descend from height of land. 3 gated access roads to property off of Drum Heller, 3rd one (-.3mi.) leads to cabin. We will have signs for parking.