Community Congress to spotlight local air, water, wildlife commons in Bristol

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BRISTOL — A community gathering to be hosted by Vermont Family Forests will be addressing how community members can step up and care for the key parts of our local environment that we all share.

The event will take place in Bristol on November 2.

In Caring for our Home Grounds: A Commons Conservation Congress for Vermont’s Center-West Ecoregion, participants will explore tangible actions citizens can undertake to care for air, water, and wildlife here at home.

“We’re in a time of climate crisis,” said Vermont Family Forests Executive Director David Brynn. “Our local forests, rivers, lakes, and wildlife are under increasing stress. It’s time for we the people to step up to caring for our local commons.”

Commons, Brynn explained, are the parts of our home place that are unbounded and unowned.

“Air, water, and wildlife are commons, they flow freely across boundaries and they’re shared by all of us, they’re all our responsibility.”

The Commons Conservation Congress will focus on the center-west ecoregion of Vermont, an area roughly bounded to the west by Lake Champlain, to the north by the Winooski River, to the east by the Mad River, and to the south by the Middlebury River and Route 125.

Caring for Our Home Grounds will take place at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol on Saturday, November 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and a t-shirt are included for all participants, with a suggested donation of $15.

For more information visit the Vermont Family Forests website, www.familyforests.org