Burlington Conservation Newsletter

Six times a year, Burlington Conservation Newsletter will post events and news about what’s happening in Burlington’s wild places. You can join area naturalists on seasonal walks-tracking wildlife, spotting birds, savoring wildflowers or pondering geology. Or go on a hunt for clues of Burlington’s land use history like fence posts and quarries.

There is a sign up for the email list on this web page: https://enjoyburlington.com/type/conservation/

To access the blog click here: https://enjoyburlington.com/category/conservation/

Arms Forest

200 year-old red oak tree at the edge of the Arms Forest property boundary. Photo: Sean Beckett

The old forest landscape of the “Arms Grant” rewards visitors with rare natural communities and brims with clues of centuries of land use history. Visitors will find an extensive trail network lined with unusual plants, glimpses of deer and fox, and old farm roads shaded by rich canopies of centurion oaks. A hidden quarry even connects us to a Burlington that was once the national center of marble manufacturing. A rare gem in the necklace of Burlington’s open landscapes, this 30-acre park is located in the New North End’s largest area of contiguous undeveloped lands, nestled between Rock Point and the Intervale floodplain across North Avenue.

Winter Seminar: February 19th, 2017

Edible Landscaping: Fruit, Nuts and Berries for your Vermont Yard. Presented by Jacob Holzberg-Pill. UVM Aiken Center, Room 102, 4:00 pm

Discover the best trees and bushes for turning your yard into a delicious beautiful landscape. Join us to learn about cold-hardy, low maintenance, productive and tasty plants you can grow at home. Many of these uncommon fruits are as handsome as they are delectable. You will leave this lecture excited for your future abundance.

Jacob Holzberg-Pill’s work as an educator has centered on agroecology, nature connection and holistic land stewardship. He holds graduate degrees in Education and Forest Ecology, and most recently co-founded Dig In Farm, facilitating regenerative agriculture programs for young people. He loves growing harvesting and eating fruits, nuts and berries. Lately he has been enjoying working to perfect his flourless chocolate cake recipe and tracking foxes in the snow.

Click here for slides from Jacob’s talk. (pdf – 9.5 M)

Free Tree Pruning Workshop

Saturday July 9th, 2016
10am – 12pm
UVM Horticulture Farm, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT.
Proper pruning is important to ensure the long-term structural integrity of your trees.  Properly pruned trees are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but stronger as well.  Pruning young trees can significantly reduce the likelihood of limb or structural trunk failure as the tree matures. Join us for a FREE workshop that will cover different types of pruning, proper pruning techniques, and how to determine when and what tool will meet your pruning needs.

This workshop will be led by VJ Comai, Arborist Representative with The Bartlett Tree Expert Company and lifelong steward of Vermont’s trees.

This workshop is free but space is limited to 20 participants.  Register by visiting vtcommunityforestry.org/news/events/pruning-workshop

This is a hands-on workshop that will take place outdoors.  Please dress for the weather and bring your own bypass pruners (let us know if you don’t have a pair to bring).

This workshop is co-sponsored by the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program and Branch Out Burlington, Burlington’s citizen tree stewardship group.

Branch Out Burlington! donates tree in memory of Richard Tom

Branch Out Burlington! donated a tree that was planted in Hinesburg in the memory of Richard Tom. The tree was planted at the corner of Silver Street and Route 116, by Andrea Morgante, local landscaper and member of the Hinesburg selectboard and John Williams, vice-president of Green Mountain Bicycle Club and friend of Richard’s.

On April 26th Richard Tom was tragically killed by a car as he rode his bicycle near his home in Hinesburg. Richard was an avid cyclist and was well-known by members of the biking community. Tom worked at Earl’s Cyclery and Fitness in South Burlington for more than 10 years, and he most recently worked at VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. Tom rode his bicycle around the world, working at one point in France. Many said he lived to ride his bicycle and he was a generous and compassionate friend.


Spring is nearly here!

Soon we will all be planting trees, including the Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department along Burlington’s streets. Each spring Branch Out Burlington! offers a Tree Keeper Training for anyone who cares about trees. The training session is led by the most experienced urban forester in Vermont—Warren Spinner, Burlington’s city arborist.