Hello. Read below for great events happening in the Upper Valley. Welcome to this month's BCC newsletter.
First Monday Movie Series: CLIMATE REFUGEES Monday, April 1st
6:30pm @ Colatina Exit


Come early if you'd like to order food and drink.

Donations are welcome, but completely optional.

FIRST MONDAY MOVIE: CLIMATE REFUGEES

April 1, 2013 • The Colatina Exit
Bradford, Vermont • 6:30pm Movie Begins
Come early to order food and drink


Watch the trailer at YouTube. There is a new phenomenon in the global arena called “Climate Refugees”. A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington D.C.



Cook Farm Conserved in Bradford

With funding support from the VT Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB),  the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the Dept. of Agriculture and the Bradford Conservation Fund, the 70-acre Cook Farm on Route 5 in Bradford was conserved on March 22, 2013.  The farm qualified for conservation because of its agricultural soils of prime significance, its working ag land, and its wetlands and wildlife habitat.

The farm also abuts other conserved property and it has 3,200 feet of frontage on VT Route 5, part of the Connecticut River National Scenic Byway.

In 2008 veterinarian Amy Cook decided to begin raising meat goats on the farm, and is now USDA certified and licensed to market her meat product, which is sent to Boston Farmer’s Markets and is available at their farm and The Local Buzz in Bradford.  She explained the advantages of raising goats:  “The mother produces 2, 3 and sometimes even 4 offspring at a time. They are hardier than cattle so they don’t have to be inside a warm barn in winter. They aren’t as ‘messy’ as cattle, so they can stay in a smaller shelter and require less care and time. They are browsers vs grazers, so they are great at utilizing non-tillable land”, she stated.

If you own or know of a farm or forest in Bradford that you think is significant and worthy of conservation, contact the Bradford Conservation Commission.  The Bradford Conservation Fund was set up to help private landowners to protect their land forever through a conservation easement.  The Fund will cover some up-front costs to facilitate the process.


Left to Right: Dave Cook, son Calvin, Amy Cook, James Thaxton of Upper Valley Land Trust



A NEW WAY OF SEEING THE LANDSCAPE: PLANNING & DEVELOPING WITH THE NATURAL RESOURCES IN MIND

April 10, 2013 • Bradford Academy
Bradford, Vermont
• 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Bradford Conservation Commission and EC Vermont invite you to join Jens Hilke, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and Kate McCarthy, Vermont Natural Resources Council to learn about the value of keeping forestland and habitat intact and how your community can make development decisions that support the natural landscape. Regulatory and non-regulatory strategies will be discussed.

For more information, please contact: Nancy Jones, Bradford Conservation Commission - 439-3562 or npj@valley.net Kate McCarthy, Vermont Natural Resources Council - 223-2328 x. 114 or kmccarthy@vnrc.org
Copyright © 2013 Bradford Conservation Commission, All rights reserved.
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