Earth Day 2013
The Vernon Conservation Commission celebrated Earth Day 2013 by holding a symposium at the Tolland County Agricultural Center (the TAC) on May 4. The program, titled Protecting Vernon's Natural Habitats: Learn about Exciting Programs and How You Can Help, featured two presentations.
Residential Rain Gardens and Healthy Lawn Care
Michael Dietz, water resources educator and Director of hte CT NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) Program, showed residents how they can protect the water quality of our streams and ponds by installing rain gardens and properly using lawn fertilizers.
Managing Habitats to Protect Native Species
Jane Seymour, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Technician and Steward of the Belding and Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Areas in Vernon, taught about projects to restore American chestnut and pitch pine forests and expand grassland for the protection and improvement of wildlife habitat. She also showed residents how they can attract wildlife to their own yards.
Tabletop Displays featured Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Plants in Connecticut. Both exhibits were provided by DEEP and the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group.
Earth Day 2007
Earth Day 2007 was a great success. There were two hikes for the public to join and the turn-out was great for both. One was a bird watching walk along the beautiful trails of the Belding Wildlife Management Area. The walk was lead by CT DEEP Wildlife Technician Jane Seymour.
The other hike was lead by George Arthur, member of the Hockanum River Linear Park Comm. The hike followed the river on the trail from Naek Rd. to the Vernon Wastewater Treatment Facility on Windsorville Rd. George provided information to hikers about the river and points of interest along the way.
Earth Day 2006
The Vernon and Bolton Conservation Commissions joined forces to lead a 2006 Earth Day hike. The hike started at Freja Park(Bolton Notch) and ended at the Dam between Upper and Middle Bolton Lake. This was the first organized hike across the latest addition to Bolton Notch State Park (in Vernon), now designated the Tulip Tree Trail in recognition of the enormous tulip trees visible along the trail. The trail is actually located in Vernon, and is also accessible from Valley Falls Park. This property features many mature trees, a vernal pool, and tall rock ledges.