Q & A
about the Bradford Conservation FundQ:
Who established the Bradford Conservation Fund? When?
The Bradford Conservation Commission established the Conservation Fundin 2003, in accordance with VT Statute 24, Chapter 118, and in keeping withthe Bradford Municipal Plan that stated
“Protection of Bradford’s natural resources isconsidered vital to the security of its economic future and cultural heritage.”
Why was the Conservation Fund established?
Protection of natural resources requires money. If an opportunity arises to protectproductive farm land or significant wildlife habitat, a reserve of money needs to beavailable to enable quick action.
Who decides how the Conservation Fund can be used?
By-laws that specify and prioritize the uses of the Bradford Conservation Fund werewritten by the Conservation Commission and approved by the Selectboard in 2003.
What are some of the uses of the Conservation Fund, as specified in its By-laws?
Funds may be used by the Bradford Conservation Commission for pending conservationprojects to:
Leverage matching funds from other sources
Since 2007 $80,000 from the Bradford Conservation Fund has leveraged over $270,000 from the VT Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) to bring thetotal contiguous span of protected wildlife habitat on Wrights MT to 804 acres.
(507 acres make up the Town-owned Wrights MT/Devil’s Den Town Forest; 207 acres are privately owned))
VHCB funds for farm conservation projects are equally matched by the USDA FarmProtection Program.
Pay for costs not covered by grant applications, i.e. surveys, appraisals, legal fees
The Bradford Conservation Fund has covered
the cost of appraisals specified for conservation projects on 4 different privately owned parcels since 2007.
ay deposits for Purchase & Sales Agreements
Make outright grants of up to $1000 to Bradford educational, youth and civicorganizations for conservation projects that meet the specified criteria.