CCCA  Receives Award
On March 2, 2015, at the annual Cavendish Town Meeting, Selectboard Chair Robert Glidden and Town Manager Richard Svec presented the town’s Outstanding Service Award to the CCCA.  The award is given annually to people or organizations that exemplify the principles and ideals of Cavendish citizenship.  Robin Timko, CCCA President, accepted the award on behalf of the group and thanked the Selectboard and the Town Manager for their support and encouragement.

“CCCA is committed to a vibrant Cavendish/Proctorsville community that supports it’s human and natural resources, building a legacy of health, integrity and vitality for future generations.”

Management of Floodplains in Cavendish

On Friday May 15th fourteen people gathered in the field below the Stubelek house on route 131 to plant a riparian buffer along the Black River. The project was made possible by the Ecological Restoration Grant that the Town of Cavendish received from the State of Vermont to help with the management of  floodplains in Cavenendish. Both the CCCA and the Town of Cavendish have been working on this project for a number of years. It was great to see the plantings finally go in!  Let us hope the little bushes and trees thrive and prosper, sending down roots to help hold the banks of the River from erosion when next the river rises. Of tremendous assistance in the planting effort was Kelly Stettner of the Black River Action Team (see link to their website below) and Ron Rhodes of the Connecticut River Watershed. Members of the Conservation Committee of the CCCA, Robin Timko, Sara Stowell and Tim O'Donoghue were on hand to help with the planting as well as Margo Caulfield and friends of the B.R.A.T. For photos of the event, see slide show below.

Black River Action Team

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Mission Statement

The CCCA is a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. Its commitment is to promote understanding and learning that engages and benefits all members of the Cavendish/Proctorsville community, now and in the future.

Grassroots Communities

CCCA believes that our focus on conservation provides a critical balance to Cavendish during this time of increased development pressure. Situated only a few hours from large population densities, Vermont is changing rapidly as farm and forest lands throughout the state are being converted to non-agricultural uses at an unprecedented rate.

We are particularly concerned about flat, open lands most valuable for agriculture as they are also most suitable for housing, industry and retail uses. We are just as concerned with fragmentation of forests, which negatively impacts wildlife habitats, water quality, ecosystem processes, the timber industry, viewsheds and access to land for recreation.

National Geographic Traveler recently rated Vermont as one of the top unspoiled destinations in the world, along with Norwegian fjords and the Swiss Alps. Shortly after that release, the National Trust for Historic Preservation declared Vermont one of America’s most endangered places. Vermont loses a square mile of critical habitat and 6,500 acres to development every year.

Throughout Vermont organizations like CCCA are coming together to educate themselves and their communities about the value of our heritage, alternative enterprises for land-owners and ways to support the working landscape. We are excited about the important work before us and we ask for your continuing interest and support.

Projects and Plans

In accordance with the CCCA Vision and Mission Statements, the organization has worked closely with many citizens and town officials on land use issues and with the Cavendish Historical Society on historic preservations and similar projects. The CCCA Board and members believe that Cavendish can preserve its rural character and still pursue economic and social progress.

None of this is possible without the volunteer efforts of citizen members who are willing to give some of their time and talent to the process. CCCA has no employees and no hierarchy other than the directing efforts of the Board members, all of whom are Cavendish citizens who are concerned with the future of our town. Members can give whatever time they can afford and can help on whatever issue concerns them the most.

Some Cavendish property owners live in other towns and states, but are still deeply interested in the issues and projects espoused by CCCA. These individuals are still welcome to join and they can contribute to CCCA efforts through cash donations anytime.