Conservation Commission News & Projects


Spring 2017 - 19th Annual Shrub & Tree Sale

Organized by the Plainfield & Marshfield Conservation Commissions to benefit their conservation programs.

Place order by Friday, April 7th (order form below)

Pick up on Saturday, April 29th, 9–11 in the Plainfield village park across from the church

Again this year the sale is being held by the conservation commissions that serve the communities of Plainfield and Marshfield. Proceeds from the sale will be divided between the two commissions to further conservation-related projects in both towns.

In past years, Plainfield’s Conservation Commission has used the funds to purchase trees and shrubs for parks and streetside locations in the village. Money raised through the sale also helps us qualify for additional funds from the Trees for Local Communities program at the VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. With contributions from the community that receives a grant, this program offers a 50% match to help purchase and maintain trees in public places.

We chose these varieties for their suitability in a Northern climate as well as for their benefits to local wildlife. While we attempt to provide only native species, those that are not native to our region are not considered to be invasive. Please also be aware that the soil characteristics and the sun and wind exposure of yoursite will play an important role in how well a tree grows.We'll hand out planting instructions and answer questions when you pick up your order.

Download the 2017 Plant Sale Brochure and Order Form (PDF)


Celebrate Our Town's Special Natural Places!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7pm at the Plainfield Opera House/Town Hall

A presentation by Jens Hilke, of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Community Wildlife Program, will focus on interpreting and celebrating the findings of Brett Engstrom’s 2016 report, "An Ecological Inventory of Plainfield, Vermont." 

Mr. Hilke will cover the background of the inventory, and explain the special significance of some important elements of our local natural world.

Please join us for this evening of discovery and information. The presentation will include discussion and be followed by refreshments and time to catch up with your neighbors. We hope you will be there!


Plainfield Ecological Inventory 2016 - Final Report

Over the course of the last year and a half, the Conservation Commission and the Planning Commission worked to help complete a town-wide inventory of Plainfield's significant natural communities - those places where particular combinations of soil conditions, water, elevation, slope, animals and plants comprise a special and interdependent natural "community". The bulk of the research and all the field work was done by biologist Brett Engstrom. A municipal planning grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development, plus many, MANY townspeople and many volunteers made this survey possible. We are especially grateful to all the landowners who allowed Brett to access their land to conduct his research.

Plainfield Public Tree Inventory Report

Prepared for the Town of Plainfield and the Plainfield Tree Warden by the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, January 2016.

The goal of the Plainfield public tree inventory was to accurately locate and assess Town-owned trees within the public right-of-way (ROW) on streets in the concentrated town center and in select parks to maintain a record of tree conditions, plantings, and removals. A secondary goal of the project was to identify potential tree planting locations within the public ROW. The
information collected in the inventory and presented in this report provides residents and decision makers with a better understanding of the composition, condition, and benefits of Plainfield’s public trees and will allow the Plainfield Tree Warden to plan for tree maintenance and future tree planting using a map-based tree inventory tool.

Download the 2016 Plainfield Public Tree Inventory Report



Plainfield-VT-Rain-garden-wRain Garden Installation in the Mill Street Park: The Town received a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to install a rain garden to reduce the sediment and pollutants flowing into the Winooski River from storm water runoff. Members of the Conservation Commission along with members of the Master Gardener program and Friends of the Winooski installed the garden after the road crew had gently excavated the area.

The Rain Garden was selected as "Best Rain Garden Outside of Chittenden County" by the Winooski Natural Resources Conervation District in this year's Rain Garden Contest.











The Plainfield Conservation Commission meets the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held in the meeting room located in the Town Municipal Building and begin at 7:15 pm unless otherwise warned.






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