East Montpelier Rural Road Vegetation Assessments Project Advisory Committee

The East Montpelier Selectboard created the Rural Road Vegetation Assessments Project Advisory Committee in 2017 to work with project leader Joanne Garton, Urban & Community Forestry Program of the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation on a project to inventory rural roadside vegetation and develop recommendations for long-term resilience of its roadside vegetation to manage stormwater runoff, maintain or improve wildlife habitat, and plan for the future of scenic and culturally important roadside hedgerows and forests. The draft plan and other documents of interest are available at the bottom of this page.

The committee has taken the lead on the development of an action plan (East Montpelier Ash Tree Management Plan) for dealing with the Emerald Ash Borer, a non-native, invasive insect that is expected to kill most ash trees across Vermont. The insect was first detected in Vermont in February 2018. Although it has been detected in nearby towns and the City of Montpelier, it has not been detected in East Montpelier as yet. In early summer 2019, citizen volunteers inventoried all the ash trees, 6-inch diameter and larger, within the town road rights of way as the first step in developing the action plan. The committee is working on a public outreach and education strategy now and considering a pilot project at U-32 on Gallison Hill Road. The committee will be seeking public input before finalizing the plan.

 

Emerald Ash Borer Management in East Montpelier

Draft EM EAB Management Plan (October 28, 2019)

Expect to see the sign below showing up on prominent ash trees in the near future:

EM EAB Ash Tree Tag

For more information, check out these Vermont webpages on the Emerald Ash Borer Issue:

VT Urban & Community Forestry Webpage on Emerald Ash Borer Management
VT Invasives Webpage on Emerald Ash Borer

 

Committee Notices:

May 11, 2019 Ash Tree Inventory Workshop

Committee Agendas:

August 8, 2017 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda
January 16, 2018 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda
January 25, 2019 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda
April 3, 2019 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda
April 17, 2019 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda
May 8, 2019 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda
November 19, 2019 Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Agenda

Committee Minutes:

August 8, 2017 Draft Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Minutes
April 3, 2019 Draft Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Minutes
April 17, 2019 Draft Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Minutes
May 8, 2019 Draft Rural Road Vegetation Assessments PAC Minutes

Documents of Interest:

Draft EM Resilient ROW Action Plan
Draft EM Resilient ROW Action Plan Appendices

Rural Road Vegetation Assessments Project Letter of Collaboration
January 2018 Draft EM Rural Road Vegetation Assessment PAC Work Plan
2000 Roadside Vegetation Management Manual for Rural Road Crews
The Vermont Backroad

Committee Members:

Paul Cate
Jeff Cueto
Seth Gardner
Mark Lane
Jack Pauly
Guthrie Perry
Jean Vissering
Steve Justis
Jennifer Boyer