Community Wildlife Program
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Community Wildlife Program is pleased to offer recordings of past webinar topics for interested Vermonters, land-use planners, natural resources professionals, and ecological consultants.
Spring 2021 Webinars
Starting a Conservation Commission - Coming Soon!
Starting Your Town Conservation Fund - Coming Soon!
Natural Resources Inventories - Coming Soon!
The River Corridor: Floodplains and Riparian Habitat - Coming Soon!
Updating Your Town Plan for Forest Integrity (Act 171) - Coming Soon!
Fall 2020 Webinars
The fall 2020 webinars focused on two themes: 1) Land-use planning for forest integrity and wildlife connectivity; and, 2) Wildlife habitat management at multiple scales. Participants explored maps and data, learned about useful applications and case studies, and (hopefully) left with a better understanding of how their community and land fits into regional efforts to better understand and protect Vermont’s native species.
Updating Your Town Plan for Forest Integrity (Act 171)
Since January 1, 2018, towns and Regional Planning Commissions are required to identify forest blocks and habitat connectors, as well as plan for development in those places in ways that minimize forest fragmentation. This requirement asks towns to look at the larger patterns of forests and dive into the science of what is known about connectivity in their region at multiple scales. Some of the data involved is immediately actionable, but some of the models warrant caution and additional research. Tune in to hear how Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department can help your town interpret available data and translate it into actionable planning and policy.
Wildlife Road Crossings
In this webinar, join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologists as they explore the science and planning of wildlife road crossings. Learn about the field science of road ecology and what years of camera trapping along roads, bridges and culverts has taught us. Explore the computer models in Vermont Conservation Design to understand wildlife road crossings in a landscape context. Find out how Vermont towns are improving and planning for wildlife movement across local roads.
Seeing Beyond Boundaries: Understanding Your Land At Different Scales
Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologists to see your land at different scales. Begin on the ground, hearing from landowners about their stories from the land. Zoom out to gain a different perspective using BioFinder to see the ecological context in which your land sits. Learn how understanding land at different scales can provide insights into how you manage your land.
Woods, Waters & Wildlife: Putting the Pieces Together
Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologists to explore the community- and species-scale natural heritage components that might occur on your land. Learn about different kinds of woods, waters, and wildlife, and how you can use BioFinder to understand how these pieces of the landscape fit together. Hear stories about landowners and get inspired to manage your land in an ecological way!
Enhancing Your Backyard, Back Forty, and Beyond
Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologists to learn tips and tricks for enhancing wildlife habitat on properties of all sizes, from large parcels to small backyards. If you are interested in learning about creating pollinator habitat, making your land a better home for wildlife, and being a part of conserving Vermont species — this is the webinar for you!
Spring 2020 Webinars
The spring 2020 webinars focused on the BioFinder mapping tool and the underlying science of Vermont Conservation Design, a statewide effort to identify the most ecologically important lands and waters of Vermont. Participants explored maps and data, learned about useful applications and case studies, and (hopefully) left with a better understanding of how their land fits into regional efforts to protect Vermont’s species from a changing climate, forest fragmentation, and habitat loss.
Intro to Biofinder 3.0: The Go-To Resource for Exploring Vermont’s Biodiversity
Have you ever wondered how your backyard or woodlot fits into the bigger picture? Are you interested in learning about your town’s wildlife habitat and its most important ecological areas? Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Conservation Planners to learn about BioFinder, a free online portal, mapping tool, and go-to resource for exploring Vermont’s biodiversity. You'll learn what's new with the recently released version of BioFinder 3.0.
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Using BioFinder 3.0 for Land-Use Planning
Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Conservation Planners to learn about BioFinder 3.0, a free online portal showing the state’s most important ecological areas and biodiversity data. We’ll explore how BioFinder can help planners access important ecological data, identify significant forest blocks and habitat connectors, and comply with Act 171. This workshop is intended for members of conservation commissions, planning commissions, development review boards, as well as professional planners and interested citizens. Join us as we work towards planning a vibrant, ecologically healthy future in Vermont.
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Vermont Conservation Design for Ecological Consultants
Join in to hear a panel of Agency scientists and regulators discussing Vermont Conservation Design (VCD), a statewide prioritization of the most ecologically important lands and waters in Vermont. VCD offers a practical vision for maintaining ecological function in Vermont, capturing both current biological diversity as well as those resilient landscapes most important for maintaining biological diversity into the future. We'll show you how to access VCD data through the BioFinder mapping portal, a useful tool for remotely reviewing project sites and understanding the ecological context in which they occur. We’ll also discuss how VCD data and maps can bring value to your projects and clients and how the Agency of Natural Resources is using VCD in its regulatory review.
About Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's
Community Wildlife Program
The Community Wildlife Program provides volunteer and professional municipal planners and non-governmental organizations with the most up-to-date information on conservation science and resources for implementing their conservation projects. The program helps towns take their community’s conservation goals, use them to identify important wildlife habitat, and translate these goals into language that can use be used in their town plans.