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Green Up Day 2019 – Saturday May 4

Always the first Saturday in May, this year marks 49 years of Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition. Volunteers statewide come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state. It is a fun and rewarding day for all those who participate. This is the 8th year that the South Burlington Land Trust is organizing and managing the Green Up Day effort in South Burlington, with the active support and participation of City staff.

SBLT Board members keeping things organized!

SBLT Board members keeping things organized!

SB Cub and Boy Scouts  2018

SB Cub and Boy Scouts 2018

Green Up Day attracts volunteers of all ages!

Green Up Day attracts volunteers of all ages!

 

 

The SBLT will award prizes for:
The Most Trash Collected by one person or team.
The Most Unusual Object Found.

 

 

 

 

SBLT Annual Meeting  – April 7, 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the South Burlington Land Trust (SBLT) Sunday, April 7, was well attended with close to 30 people present. The annual meeting included a brief presentation by SBLT Board President Sarah Dopp on activities and accomplishments of the organization over the past year and a lively presentation by SBLT Board Member Sophie Mazowita, Coordinator of the South Burlington Master Naturalist Program and Mammal Tracking Project.

Sophie’s extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for her multiyear project studying wildlife in South Burlington was evident during amost informative presentation. She described learnings about the city’s large mammals and wildlife corridors. Her wildlife camera footage of otters, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, bears was enjoyed by all. t More info about core habitat areas, key road crossings, and corridors that can provide functional, connected habitat for our widest-ranging animals is at www.trackingvt.org. Attendees were also invited to include their own sightings through the www.inaturalist.org site.

Jon Binhammer from The Nature Conservancy spoke briefly about conservation surrounding Shelburne Pond, which includes the goal for conserving the 48 acre Ewing property, a portion of which is based in South Burlington.

SBLT Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of past SBLT Board Minutes are provided to allow interested community members to learn more about the work of the organization.
You may read them here:
(no meeting in December 2018)

SBLT Position Statement: Edlund South Tract – November 2017

SBLT has released a summary of challenges associated with proposed development of the Edlund South tract, in response to UVM’s provisional sale of the land to Eastern Development Corporation. SBLT supports maintaining the current zoning and land use of the tract, which encompasses 34 acres of mature forest and wetlands bordering Potash Brook. Read the full position statement here.

City of South Burlington Comprehensive Plan

The City Council voted upon and approved the substantially updated and revised Comprehensive plan February 1, 2016. A copy of the approved plan is provided here for members review.  South Burlington Comp Plan

SBLT Monthly Board Meeting Day and Time

Please note the normal day and time for the SBLT’s monthly board meetings are the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month at Northfield Savings Bank on Shelburne Road at 4:30 PM.  All SBLT members (and interested community members) are welcome to attend!


10th Annual Meeting, March 10, 2013SBLTAwardPaquette

The 10th Annual Meeting of the SBLT took place March 10.  After the potluck meal, the last year’s activities were reviewed.  Two 3-year board terms were filled by Karen Ryder and Sarah Dopp. The SBLT Award was presented to Bernie Paquette, a 30-year resident of South Burlington, who is known for his advocacy for picking up litter, recycling and increasing our care for the city. He is shown here with SBLT President, Sarah Dopp.

Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards

On April 14, 2011 the Burlington Free Press and ECHO presented their inaugural environmental awards in 3 categories. The SBLT won the award in the “Courage in Leadership” category for our leadership in educating and mobilizing our community on the issue of siting the new police station in the Calkins Natural Area (now called Wheeler Nature Park). The resulting public vote resulted in saving the natural area and finding a desirable Gregory Drive location for the police facility. The award came in the form of a lovely reception at ECHO, lots of wonderful publicity for the SBLT, a beautiful Simon-Pearce engraved vase and a check for $1000 to further the SBLT’s conservation-based mission!



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