Natural Resources Committee

 Natural Resources Committee


Current Members   
Jean-Sebastien Chaulot 2022
Lisa Yankowski, Clerk  2021 
Alyson Chalnick 2020
Duncan Murdoch 2022
David Crawford, Chair  2020 
Linda Chiasson, Vice Chair 2021 
Laura Williams  2020 
Timmy Hess 2022
Ray Gonda 2021


The mission of the South Burlington Natural Resources Committee is to promote community awareness and recommend policy, to sustain and enhance natural resources on behalf of current and future generations within the South Burlington community.  

The Natural Resources Committee will be guided by the following principles to:

  •         Advise the city council on natural resource related issues;
 •          Represent common interests of the South Burlington community as they pertain to natural resources and              sustainability;
 •          Maintain awareness of the current status of our natural resources;
 •          Expand our knowledge base of conservation related issues;
 •          Monitor planned development or projects which may affect the status of our natural resources;
 •          Participate in natural resources policy development;
 •          Collaborate with other city-sponsored advisory bodies, community organizations and institutions in the                  development and implementation of activities that promote and enhance natural resources in South                      Burlington. Agendas and Minutes.
Our repository for committee documents has changed. To access all city meeting documents, click here.


UVM LANDS Program Partnership:  Dorset Park Natural Area (Calkins Property) Management Study

In the Summer of 2009, the City of South Burlington worked with the University of Vermont’s LANDS Internship program to prepare a management study of the Dorset Park Natural Area. The LANDS crew included two leaders and a team of 9 undergraduate-level interns. The team was asked to answer a series of specific questions related to walking trails, wildlife habitat, invasive plant species, and water quality in the area. Download the Program’s final report from the bottom of this page. For more information about the LANDS program, click here

The Natural Resource Committee is currently examining the findings and recommendations of this report and examining next steps.

UVM PLACE Program Partnership:  Leduc Farm Study

In the Winter of 2009, the City,  South Burlington School District, and Common Roots organization worked with the University of Vermont’s PLACE program to examine the Leduc Farm Property.  

The PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education) Program provides local residents with a forum for exploring and understanding the natural and cultural history of their town landscape. Working directly with local schools, town commissions, historical societies, and conservation organizations, PLACE staff members develop an integrated series of presentations, field trips, workshops, and visioning forums designed to celebrate and honor a town’s cultural heritage and ecological potential.

Click here for more information and web-based findings, or download the program’s final report from the bottom of this page.