With a shared goal to facilitate the continued existence of large expanses of forested lands, interested parties entered into a collaborative initiative called the Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project. The goal of the Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project was to implement a regional and landscape level campaign for conservation by advocating with local officials, landowners, and realtors and engineers to implement community land use and landowner based strategies for forest land and wildlife habitat conservation.
- Prioritize key wildlife, forest and natural resource areas in the Mad River Valley;
- Engage local citizens and landowners in the Mad River Valley to create grassroots support for conservation through diverse non-regulatory strategies and policies.
- Advocate land acquisition of key conservation areas and develop local funding options to achieve conservation in the Mad River Valley;
- Promote sound local land use development through creative land use and zoning mechanisms to conserve key forest resources and habitat areas.
- Positively influence local land use development by promoting smart growth principles with realtors, engineers and local decision-makers in the Mad River Valley
- Ecological Mapping & Build-Out in the MRV
- 2011 Tiered Ecological Priorities Map
- A planning tool for municipal governments in the MRV; identifies areas that ecologists have deemed important for conservation. The map prioritizes resources into four levels, reflecting what are believed to be the most important places for maintaining the Valley’s fish and wildlife populations and biological diversity.
- Ecological Conservation Focus Areas Map
- Identifies the degree of co-occurrence or overlapping of several ecological principles. It shows areas appropriate for conservation action, such as where to focus technical assistance or voluntary land acquisition. This information alongside the other maps provides a platform from which the towns and landowners can consider appropriate actions to sustain the Valley’s vital habitats.
- See Land Conservation in the MRV for more.
- Natural Heritage Inventories
- Community Values Map
- In 2008, residents of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown gathered to answer the question, "What do you love about living in the Mad River Valley with respect to natural resources?" The results of this exercise were mapped and incorporated into maps detailing areas of ecological importance; see the Community Values page for more.
For more information about conservation efforts in the Valley and to learn how to get involved, contact our partner organizations:
- Mad River Recreation District (MRVRD)
- Vermont Land Trust (VLT)
- Friends of the Mad River (FMR)
- Mad River Path Association (MRPA)
- Mad River Riders (MRR)
- Fayston Conservation Commission (FCC)
- Warren Conservation Commission
- Waitsfield Conservation Commission (WCC)
- MRV Rural Resource Commission (MRV CLG)
- Mountain Gardeners
- USDA Forest Service (USFS)
- Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)
- Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR)