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Vermont's Conservation Community

Highlighting the different aspects of Vermont's conservation community from success stories, cultural resources, and more.


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Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources are evidence of past human activity. These may include pioneer homes, buildings or old roads; structures with unique architecture; prehistoric village sites; historic or prehistoric artifacts or objects; rock inscription; human burial sites; earthworks, such as battlefield entrenchments, prehistoric canals, or mounds. These nonrenewable resources often yield unique information about past societies and environments, and provide answers for modern day social and conservation problems. Although many have been discovered and protected, there are numerous forgotten, undiscovered, or unprotected cultural resources in rural America.

When NRCS helps to fund easements to preserve land in perpetuity, one potential outcome is protecting the irreplaceable cultural resources located within the easement boundaries. The factsheet below describes what Cultural Resources are and why it is important to protect them. For more detailed information regarding NRCS Cultural Resource protection procedures, visit the electronic Field Office Technical Guide, Section II, Cultural Resources.

When NRCS helps to fund easements to preserve land in perpetuity, one potential outcome is protecting the irreplaceable cultural resources located within the easement boundaries. Click here to read success stories about cultural resources protection and conservation easements.

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Vermont's Earth Team

At NRCS, we are very proud of our Earth Team Volunteers’ commitment to conservation. We want to take this opportunity to thank each of them for being a valued member of our conservation team. The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation.

NRCS partners with conservation groups and others to ensure private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges like climate change. Working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers, the NRCS identifies natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting resources.

Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they maintain and improve our natural resources and environment on private lands.

The job of conserving our natural resources cannot be done by the government alone. We need your help

 in reducing soil erosion, conserving our water and improving its quality, and developing pride in our country's natural resource heritage.

Anyone 14 years of age or older and interested in conserving our precious natural resources can be an Earth Team volunteer. You can volunteer part-time or full-time and work outdoors or in a local NRCS office. You can volunteer as an individual or form or join a group. We have opportunities in every state.

Please contact a local service center or the Vermont State Earth Team Coordinator or visit the NRCS Earth Team website if you have any questions about how to volunteer.

Vermont's Featured Success Story Farms

Guy Choiniere Family Farm

Guy Choiniere is a third generation farmer on his family farm in Highgate , VT. Guy's farm recently made the transition to organic, and he gets plenty of help from his two children who also work on the farm. NRCS helped Guy solve his waste run-off and cattle lane issues. With the help of NRCS Guy is now doing his part to help keep the river that runs through his property clean.

Minny Arnstein: Wellspring Farm

Mimmy Arnstein operates a small community supported agriculture farm in Marshfield , VT. Mimmy deals with approximately 130 families who get their produce from her land each week. NRCS installed tile drainage on Mimmy's property because her soil was not very well drained. She now has over three acres that have been tiled thanks to NRCS' help.


Patty Hart-Ahonen: Eniskerry Farm

Patty operates a horse farm in Colchester , VT and was running into problems with the grasses in her pastures. NRCS helped install extensive fencing on her property which allowed her to rest several paddocks and give her quality grasses time and space to grow. NRCS also installed water tubs and pipelines, making her land better for the horses and the environment.


Joe Branon: Nestle Nook Farm

Jon is the fifth generation on the family farm in Fairfield , VT which has been in his family for over 100 years. Jon wanted to address the driveways and animal trails on his land as well as his manure pit. NRCS helped redesign his manure pit with a concrete bottom and even did some leachate containment work around his bunker silos.

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