• Outdoor projects receive grants
    August 21,2013
     

    Staff Report

    MONTPELIER — Projects backed by conservation commissions in three central Vermont communities were among the four recently awarded grants by a statewide organization.

    The amounts awarded by the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions aren’t huge, but groups in Plainfield, Fayston and Warren will use them to advance projects designed to enhance their communities.

    The Plainfield commission was awarded $600 to help pay for a consultant to design, map and develop cost estimates for the development of a trail system in the 28-acre town forest.

    In Warren a $470 grant will help fund on-the-ground verification of wildlife corridors identified in a 2008 inventory. The results of that work will be used to prioritize future conservation action in the community, including possible easement and land acquisitions.

    The commission in Fayston will use a $600 grant to construct a roof over an existing structure to create a gathering space for people using the nature center next to the Chase Brook Town Forest and the Mad River Path.

    The other community to receive funding through the association’s “Tiny Grant” program this year was Dorset. It was awarded $600 to help pay for a new informational kiosk and sign at a trailhead into the Cutler Memorial Forest.

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