Burke, Vermont Town Charter Granted February 26, 1782

Burke Conservation Commission

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Conservation Commission

 Our Mission Statement: The Burke Conservation Commission will work to maintain the rural character of the Town of Burke by conserving and enhancing natural and cultural resources and open spaces within our community..

 Commission members:

  • Elise Lawson, Chair
  • Kevin Mack
  • Chris Manges
  • Cathie Wheeler
  • Brandon Mapes

 The Conservation Commission has hosted several public forums:

  • Button Up Vermont - addressed energy conservation for homeowners
  • Efficiency Vermont -options for energy savings for new and older buildings
  • Land Conservation- representatives from 2 land trusts, an attorney and county forester addressed current use and conservation easements 
  • Natural Resource Mapping Project- focused on contiguous forests, wetlands and riparian areas 


The Conservation Commission has presented several educational programs

  • Elise Lawson- studying moose in Ontario and NH
  • Kurt Valenta- owls 
  • Kevin Mack- songbird walk
  • Bob Gondar- grafting workshop
  • Doug Morin- NEK endangered species
  • Steve Agius- Canada Lynx


The Conservation Commission has organized several community events:

  • "Trees for Streams"  plantings for riparian restoration along the Passumpsic River
  • River Clean Up 
  • Green Up  Day
  • Water monitoring at 14 sites in the Passumpsic River watershed (7 rounds during summer 2015)
  • Tree Plantings at the Community Building and in Darling Memorial Park  (30 maple trees)


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