Conservation Commission

The Hartford Conservation Commission was established in 1990. Its charge is to:
  • Acquire and protect valuable wildlife habitat, scenic view shed and watershed areas.
  • Develop an inventory of natural resources throughout Hartford.
  • Educate and increase awareness of conservation and recreation goals and impacts.
  • Encourage recreational uses consistent with the preservation of the natural beauty that exists within our town.
  • Maintain and preserve natural areas.

Meeting Schedule and Members

Mission Statement

To identify and protect Hartford’s natural resources, to educate our community about natural heritage, and to foster local environmental stewardship.

The Hartford Conservation Commission was established in 1990.  It's charge is to:
  • Acquire and protect valuable wildlife habitat, scenic view shed and watershed areas.
  • Develop an inventory of natural resources throughout Hartford.
  • Educate and increase awareness of conservation and recreation goals and impacts.
  • Encourage recreational uses consistent with the preservation of the natural beauty that exists within our town.
  • Maintain and preserve natural areas.

Members

Thomas Kahl, Chair (08-24-24) Jonathan Bouton, Treasurer (09-07-24)
Angela Emerson (01-11-25) Katie Mann, Vice Chair (02-26-23)
Mary Hutchins (11-04-23) Lee Michaelides (10-31-26)
Ted Levin (11-15-25) Mary Erdei, Selectboard Liaison

Meetings

Integrated Hartford Town Forest Management Plan Town Forest Managment Plan
         Appendices:

  1. Trails Map of the Hartford Town Forest and Hurricane Forest Wildlife Refuge, November 2021 Appendix A
  2. Map of Boundary and Forest Management Units, Harwood Forestry Services, 2011 Appendix B
  3. Hartford Town Forest Resource Assessment and Forest Managment Plan Appendix C
  4. Map of Town Forest Boundary and Forest Management Units Appendix D
  5. Enactment of Permanent Conservation Plan for Wetland Property Appendix E
  6. Forest Bird Habitat Assessment Appendix F
  7. Biological Inventory of Amphibians Appendix G
  8. Bat Inventory Hartford Town Forest, Northern Stewards, 2011 Appendix H
  9. Hartford Town Forest Recreation Managment Plan, Adopted November 2021 Appendix I
  10. Hartford Town Forest Recreation Plan, SE Group 2018 Appendix J
  11. Vermont Town Forest Recreation Planning Natural Resources Guidance Toolkit, 2018 Appendix K
  12. Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association Member Network MOU Appendix L
Town Forest Recreation Management Plan

In 2021, the Hartford Conservation Commission updated the Recreational Management Plan for the Hartford Town Forest. 


If you have questions about the Recreation Management Plan, please contact Matt Osborn at mosborn@hartford-vt.org or (802)478-1118.

Hartford Town Forest Trails Map November 2021

Town Forest Resource Assessment & Forest Management Plan

During 2019 and 2020, The Conservation Commission worked with County Forester A.J. Follensbee on an update of the Town Forest Resource Assessment and Forest Management Plan (TFRA & FMP).
On November 2, 2020, the Hartford Selectboard adopted the plan.

In addition, a remote community meeting on the update of the Forest Management Plan for the Hartford Town Forest was held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. See video below.

  • Adopted Town Forest Resource Assessment/Forest Management Plan (See attached) (See attached
  • Timber Harvest Update, May 5, 2022 (See here)
  • Town Forest Management & 2023 Selective Cut Summary (See here)
  • Three-page Summary (See here)
  • Forest Stands Map (See here)
  • Timber Harvest 2023 (See here)

On January 31, 2022, the Conservation Commission hosted a community meeting on the planned 2023 Timber Harvest.  The following is a link to the meeting.  If you wish to view the meeting minutes from the January 31, 2022 meeting you can locate them here.

The following is a link to a series of videos that County Forester A.J. Follensbee has put together on forest management and the planned winter 2022/2023 timber harvest. 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvBiL0iDmi_rOuCIPLFpD2w/playlists

If you wish to correspond with Members by mail please address to 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.  To leave a message please call 802-295-3075.

Interested in getting involved

If you are interested in getting involved with the Conservation Commission or have questions about their work, contact Matt Osborn at mosborn@hartford-vt.org
To view more information regarding the Hartford Conservation Commission, please visit us at https://www.hartford-vt.org/2227/Conservation