Entries by Jeanie McIntyre

April Showers Bring out Amphibians

Each spring as the days get longer, the temperatures rise, and the snow melts we get what the environmental community calls “the big night”. As spring rains soak our region and night time temperatures rise to 45 degrees, frogs and salamanders leave their winter dens and migrate, up to a quarter mile, to their breeding […]

Essays with a Sense of Place (Part 1)

The story of life in the Upper Valley is rooted in the experience of place.  This post is the first in a series featuring the writing of four Upper Valley women deeply attached to the land around them – places that are now conserved. The legacy of these writers – expressed both through their stories […]

Norwich Comes Together About Dairy Cows

More than 500 people have signed a petition indicating their support for dairy farming at the Norwich Farms site on Turnpike Road. This is good news! Andrew Sigler rebuilt and expanded the barns as a non-profit demonstration farm in the 1990’s before ultimately donating the buildings and 358 acres of land to Vermont Technical College […]

Cornish Land Owners Utilize Draft Animal Power

Draft animal power has a long history of use in agriculture and forestry. Oxen have been used for hundreds of years and draft horses became popular in late 1800’s for work pulling all sorts of vehicles like milk wagons, carriages, fire engines, and street cars. They may have been most important as a part of […]

20th Annual Conservation Commission Gathering

On February 20th, UVLT held our20th Annual Conservation Commission Gathering. Participants came from 15 towns across both states to spend the evening having dinner, chatting with their fellow commissioners, and learning about topics presented by the UVLT Staff. The topics presented were “Tools for Conservation in Your Town: Incentives for Forest Block Planning in Vermont” […]

Transition Underway at Norwich Farm

Changes are underway at Norwich Farms, a 6-acre complex with agricultural buildings, a classroom and a farmhouse on Turnpike Road. Vermont Technical College (VTC), which had used the site for dairy education, will discontinue its programs in Norwich this spring. This decision creates opportunities for alternative uses of the property which adjoins UVLT’s Brookmead Conservation […]

UVLT Staff Participates in VHCC Legislative Day to Advocate for Conservation Funding

On Friday, February 9th, UVLT staff members John Roe, Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, Megan Chapman, and Craig Privett attended the 2018 Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition (VHCC) Legislative Day held at the Vermont Statehouse to champion the projects and values supported by Vermont Housing & Conservation Board funding of which UVLT is a recipient. (Early Morning views […]