Conservation in the Time of COVID, Sept 23

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Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) to Hold Annual Summit Virtually Beginning September 23

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) will hold its Annual Summit, Conservation in the Time of COVID-19, as an online series beginning on September 23. The program will consist of four Zoom sessions and a keynote address by Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

Virtual sessions will explore how conservation commissions have adapted to get work done during the pandemic; the value of town forests in a time of social distancing; perspectives on land access, equity, and conservation; and the impact of agriculture on water quality in Vermont. Each session will take place at noon on Wednesdays through early November, via Zoom.

Keynote speaker Paul Costello will tie together the various themes to explore Resilience and Change: Conservation and Community in a Renewed Vermont on Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm.

“AVCC’s annual Summit is a way to bring conservation commissions—and other conservation experts and enthusiasts—together so they can compare notes and learn new skills and perspectives. While we are disappointed to not be able to convene in person this year, we are excited about our virtual line-up and finding new ways to engage with our statewide conservation community,” said Nancy Everhart, AVCC Board Chair.

Find a schedule, register for individual sessions, and donate at Admission is free, and AVCC welcomes individual contributions and organizational sponsorships to make our programming possible. If your organization would like to sponsor, please email

“From tips for conducting meetings safely, to making conservation more inclusive of all Vermonters, we hope our Annual Summit will give conservation commissions some of the tools they need to adapt to a changing world,” added Everhart.

About AVCC

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Vermont’s Conservation Commissions, which are advisory bodies that help communities protect and enhance their natural resources, and to encourage the establishment of more Conservation Commissions in the state. AVCC is a membership organization with Conservation Commissions as well as individuals as members.

Founded in 1990, AVCC is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. The AVCC Board consists of Nancy Everhart (Chair), Bob Hyams (Treasurer), Nancy Jones (Secretary), Stephanie Gomory, Jens Hawkins-Hilke, Matt Lacey, Bob Linck, and Mark Nelson. Email AVCC members at

Soruce: Vermont Natural Resources Council

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00pm