Chapter 118 of Vermont's State statute on Municipal and County Government (24 V.S.A. § 4501) provides for the establishment of Conservation Commissions at the local level. Municipal conservation commissions may make inventories of the town’s natural resources including lands that have agricultural, scientific, historical, educational, or cultural value or important, or provide ecosystem services like groundwater recharge, stormwater control, flood protection, wildlife habitat and other values; receive gifts of land for conservation purposes; assist and advise the local planning commission and select board on natural resource issues; and encouraging the public’s understanding of their local environment through educational activities.
The White River NRCD partners with Conservation Commissions to connect local and regional efforts to improve water quality. We can also act as a fiscal agent for many natural resource-related grant activities. Conservation Commissions may contact the District directly for collaborative opportunities.