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Wild about Williston - A celebration of past and future conservation
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The Wild about Williston event on December 7, 2023 was a great success. This was an interactive exploration that celebrated the Town's Conservation successes and our ongoing efforts! It was co-hosted by the Williston Conservation Commission and Sustainable Williston

Over the past 40 years the Town has acted to conserve many of our most valued open spaces and natural resources. Did you know that 3,049 acres are currently either permanently conserved or owned by the town? This is 16% of the town's land area.

Conserving land is one of the best ways to protecting our natural resources. When we take land out of the development system we can preserve habitat for wildlife, improve water quality, protect scenic views, support local farmers, and create recreational opportunities!

Many Willistonians are somewhat familiar with the pathways for developing land in town, but few are familiar with the pathways that lead to conserving land permanently. Over the last 30 years our zoning and subdivision bylaws have been continually updated to improve the protection they offer. We work with landowners who want to voluntarily protect their land forever. The Town also has a conservation fund known as the Environmental Reserve Fund, or ERF. Since it’s establishment in 1990, $2.1millison from this fund have been leveraged to preserve land valued at $5.1million. 

What's happening next?

The Williston Conservation Commission wants to build on the success of Wild about Williston. They intend to promote conservation in the town so stay tuned. What do they think it is important to discuss?

  • The Town needs a ready source of money to conserve land - how can we make sure we are putting enough money in our conservation fund consistently?
  • Are you interested in conserving your land? Come and meet with the Conservation Commission to talk about how you could do this.
  • How do we help rural landowners keep making a living from their land? Some of our most value places (like the Isham Farm or the Siple Farm) are there because they are worked by the landowners. 

 

 
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