Founded 1762
Conservation Commission

The Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Town Hall and Community Center at 7:00 p.m. (except for July and August). The meetings are being held as hybrid meetings [in person at the town center; and on zoom].

Founded in 1987, the Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission operates under the Vermont Statutes for Conservation Commissions. Click here for more information.


Jen Cirillo - Term expires 3/2026
Amy Dohner, Treasurer - Term expires 3/2026
Craig Heindel, Chair - Term expires 3/2024
Karen Pettersen, Secretary - Term expires 3/2025
Matthew Gorton - Term expires 3/2025
Don Dewees - Term expires 2/2026
Barry Estabrook - Term expires 3/2025
Joe Nelson - Term expires 2/2026


Interested in becoming a member of the Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission?

The Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission has a vacancy. Interested individuals should contact Craig Heindel at

FCC members need to be residents of Ferrisburgh 


Saturday, September 16, 2023, 9am
Ferrisburgh Town Forest Hike

The Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission is leading a hike to the Ferrisburgh Town Forest on Ferrisburgh Day, Saturday September 16.  Interested folks should meet at the parking spot at the tight bend on Robinson Road at 9:00 AM and expect to return to their vehicles between noon and 1:00 PM.  Be advised that the access trail may be muddy, with short sections having steep grades and uneven footing.  Bring water, snack, insect repellent, appropriate clothing and stout footwear.

Contact Don Dewees ( for further information and to register.  Limit 10 hikers.

Friday, September 22, 2023, 7pm
Climate Change Talk
Location: Union Meeting Hall, Rt 7 Ferrisburgh

The Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission invites you to join us for an evening with Vermont State Climatologist Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux has served as the Vermont State Climatologist  since 1997 and is an expert in floods, droughts and severe weather and the ways in which these affect Vermont's landscape and people. There will be a presentation and then time for questions. This event is offered in partnership with The Ferrisburgh Climate and Energy Committee.

Going Batty - March 23, 6-7 pm

Come learn about Vermont’s flying mammals from state wildlife biologist Alyssa Bennett from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. As these animals prepare to leave their underground hibernation sites and fly north from warmer climates, join us for an update on winter and summer population trends, the latest disease and treatment research to combat White-nose Syndrome, and what you can do in your own backyard to help Vermont’s nine bat species.

This free program will be held in person at the Town Offices located at 3279 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT

If you have questions please contact Amy Dohner, Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission member at: or 802-434-7245.

Abenaki in the Champlain Valley: Historical, Current and Future

On March 23rd at 6 pm via Zoom, an educational presentation, "Abenaki in the Champlain Valley: Historical, Current and Future" took place with Judy Dow, Executive Director & Educator of Gedakina.

Click here for the recording
Atlantic Salmon in Lake Champlain: A Brief Natural History
In April, Matt Harrison, Educational Programs Manager at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, presented for a virtual program on the natural history of Atlantic Salmon in Lake Champlain.  Matt explained the history, extirpation, and return of Atlantic Salmon in the region.
Click here for a recording of the presentation.
Understanding and Living with Vermont Black Bears

Forrest Hammond, Wildlife Biologist and Black Bear Project Leader, VT Fish and Wildlife Dept., presented on the ecology of Vermont's black bears, including management and bear conflict avoidance on January 14, 2021.

The presentation was recorded on Zoom. To view the presentation, click here.
Bear Sighting? Notify F&W Department and Conservation Commission

Bear visitation season has begun! Click to learn more about bear ecology and how you can responsibly prepare for their spring arrival.

To report a sighting Click here for contacts and instructions.

Bats in the Champlain Valley

What is happening with our local bats? Every year volunteers throughout the region, including Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission members, help the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife monitor the population sizes of several bat colonies throughout the Champlain Valley. The citizen bat monitoring program will continue for the 2023 season. More information for volunteers will be available this May.
Questions? Contact Amy Dohner at
Resources for Conservation Commissions

The Community Wildlife Program of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has created this document, which offers an extensive list of resources for Conservation Commissions.

Information for Lakeshore Property Owners
For information about lakeshore property ownership and the Shoreland Protection Act, click here.
Local Wildlife Sightings
Photo by Merrie Perron
Photo by Merrie Perron

The Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission is collecting pictures of local wildlife sightings. Our hope is to create an historical record of wildlife currently found in Ferrisburgh.

If you have any photos to share, please send them to Barry Estabrook at

Click here to see what we have so far.

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