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Franklin County Conservation District

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College Scholarship

Are you a college student, or will you be this fall? The goal of the Franklin County Conservation District’s $500 college scholarship program is to encourage young people from Franklin County to pursue careers in sustainable agricultural and natural...
Restoration team at Goose Pond

Collaborating to Enhance an Oxbow Ecosystem in Fairfax

Goose Pond is an oxbow pond rich with wildlife along the Lamoille River. When Flora Hurteau and her late husband conserved land there, they had trees planted along the pond’s edge and the high, eroding river bank. Four years later, though, only a fraction...

Conservation Needs *You*

The holidays are over, but one song is still playing through my head: All I want for Christmas is you. Because your participation – above and beyond what you’re already doing – is what we most want here at the Conservation District. Probably you are already doing something to steward our natural resources – maybe you …

frame from Faces of Vermont Agriculture

Faces of Vermont Agriculture Videos

Choiniere Family Farm (Highgate) is one of six farms profiled in Faces of Vermont Agriculture, a collection of short video profiles and a 22-minute mini documentary that highlight outstanding stewards of the land who live and farm in the Green Mountain State. These dedicated farmers tell us in their own words, “Why Conservation Matters,”—to their bottom line, to the health and sustainability of the resources on and around their farm, and to the future of farming…

VT young farmer representatives with Sen. Leahy

Young Farmers Converge in D.C.

Our District Manager and Fairfield farmer Damien Boomhower were among three Vermonters who traveled to Washington D.C. in November to join young farmers from across the country for the annual Young Farmers Coalition convergence.

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Tile Drainage: Good or Bad?

Tile drainage can have many benefits. By more quickly draining extra water from a field, the field can be accessed sooner for planting, crop roots can grow farther down, compaction is reduced, and soil moisture is more often optimal for crop growth. These soil health improvements are key for maintaining productivity in the face of more frequent, intense precipitation and droughts we’ve …

Volunteer Carissa Stein packages an order of trees

Volunteers Needed – Get Discounted Trees

Our tree sale, water quality monitoring and restoration projects rely on volunteers. Many of our partners in conservation and resilient local food systems also rely on volunteers to keep our environment and our communities healthy. We are launching a brand...

Give Feedback on Conservation Programming and Funding for NW Vermont

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille Conservation Districts are seeking your ideas to focus our outreach activities and cost share programs over the next year in the Northwest Zone.
We hope to incorporate the goals and needs of residents into developing priorities for program direction and funding. To do this, we need your help…

Nutrient Management Class

District Assists Farmers in UVM’s Nutrient Management Class

The Conservation District again provided one-on-one assistance to eight small, family farms participating in UVM Extension’s Nutrient Management Planning class. The 2018 graduates, pictured below with UVM and District staff, completed Plans that conform to...
Daton Fleury (center) at completion of Franklin County Soil Survey

Daton Fleury Celebrates 50 Years on the Conservation District Board

Daton Fleury joined the Franklin County Conservation District as a Supervisor in 1968. He oversaw the completion of the Vermont Soil Survey in 1975 (pictured above, center) and has been a grass-based dairy farmer, maple sugarmaker, and reliable leader of...

The mission of the Franklin County Conservation District is to promote land use that supports human livelihoods and sustains ecosystems in Franklin County, VT. We empower and convene landowners and land-users to prioritize and address natural resource concerns through USDA and locally-developed programs. We recognize water quality and the continuance of our land-based economy as key concerns for Franklin County today.


Jeannie Bartlett, District Manager
50 S. Main St. #20
St Albans, VT 05478

Download Publications

Download PDF: Winter 2019 Newsletter (4.6 MB)

Download PDF: Winter 2018 Newsletter (4.2 MB)

Download PDF: Winter 2017 Newsletter (1.0 MB)

Download PDF: Franklin County Natural Resources Assessment 2017 (0.4 MB)

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Learn more about the Franklin County NRCD programs.