Conservation Commission

The Hartford Conservation Commission was established in 1990. Its charge is to:
  • Acquire and protect valuable wildlife habitat, scenic view shed and watershed areas.
  • Develop an inventory of natural resources throughout Hartford.
  • Educate and increase awareness of conservation and recreation goals and impacts.
  • Encourage recreational uses consistent with the preservation of the natural beauty that exists within our town.
  • Maintain and preserve natural areas.

Meeting Schedule and Members

For Meeting and Member info Click Here

Hartford Town Trails Map

To protect wildlife habitat, please stay on designated trails. View a Map.


Hartford has approximately 10,000 residents, making it Vermont’s 9th largest town population. Hartford is made up of approximately 29,434 acres, 80% of this land remains undeveloped and 92% is privately owned. These forests, agricultural lands, surface and ground water resources provide economic resources, wildlife habitats, scenic views, recreational opportunities and a rural landscape highly valued by residents and visitors. The present abundance and quality of our natural resources reflects the care and stewardship of many past and present Hartford landowners

The HCC appreciates the critical stewardship that private landowners provide both in the past and present. Future stewardship is essential to maintain and enhance Hartford’s natural resources as expected economic growth, population gain, and climate change increase the pressures on our natural environment. The HCC is committed to helping private landowners in their conservation and environmental efforts that are essential to maintaining our Town’s natural resources. We welcome inquiries.

There are many Vermont and New England based organizations that can provide conservation and environmental assistance for specific subjects that may interest a private landowner.  If you wish to visit these sites, please see the Informational Brochure

Grassland Birds

Grassland bird species Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark can be found in the Upper Valley. Are you an landowner with open fields, pastures or grasslands? Learn about bird ecology and management practices to support grassland nesting birds. The following is a link to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies webpage on grassland birds:

link to the VLT webinar

Informational Brochures

Town Forest Management Plan Town Forest 2020
Read the Plan (PDF)

Town Forest Resource Management Plan 2009

Read the plan (PDF).

Town Forest Recreation Management Plan 2002

Read the plan (PDF).

Hartford Town Forest & Hurricane Forest Report

Annual Newsletters

2015 Annual Conservation Newsletter (click here)

View an archive of annual conservation newsletters