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Certain development practices can also bring about a degradation to our quality of life such as clean water, the beauty of our meadows, forests and mountainsides, the lack of objectionable noise and air pollution.

Goal 1 of the Cavendish Town Plan states our collective desire -

"To encourage development so as to maintain the rural atmosphere of the community and historic settlement pattern of compact village centers separated by rural countryside."

One area our community has deemed important to protect is 

The Black River Corridor in Cavendish.


One of Cavendish’s most scenic and treasured natural assets is the Black River Corridor. The Cavendish Town plan describes this area as “a significant and essential scenic resource that runs through the town. The Black River Corridor travels east from the intersection of Route 103 to Weatherfield along the Black River and includes Scenic Route 131 which was designated one of three State Scenic Highways in 1998."


The town plan calls for protection of this area and preservation of open space between and surrounding the two village areas.  This protection includes working with existing land trusts or creation of a new land trust to purchase significant natural and aesthetic resources. 


Of particular interest to CCCA is the protection,  either through conservation easements or purchase, of the remaining undeveloped parcels of open field between the two villages, some of which have served as areas where flood waters can spread out and thus reduces pressure on developed areas along the river.  These areas also have served as important access for recreation use of the river for fishing and other pursuits.

The Black River Corridor

From the beginning, the CCCA has been concerned with land use and preservation. As an organization we strive to find ways to mitigate the continued fragmentation of our land which threatens both the local population of wildlife as well as the migratory birds. In areas such as Hartland Vermont large mammals such as bear, moose, bobcat and even deer are no longer to be found due to development.

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This year the CCCA will partner with the Town of Cavendish and the Cavendish Recreation Committee to help with the yearly effort to keep our village and back roads looking beautiful. This is a town wide activity and a great way to involve ourselves with neighbors, friends and family. Enjoy a morning stroll along your favorite road, take part in a "trash survey" and gather for a catered lunch after the work is done.

Claim your road on the Map available at the Town Office or call Stephanie at 802 384-0205 or email Bonnie at 
Pick up bags at the town office or on the Proctorsville Green May 4th 
Do your Green Up ahead of Green Up Day or
Meet on the Proctorsville Green May 4th 9:00 to 10:00
Meet back on Proctorsville Green 11:00 to 1:00 for sandwiches and beverage.
Tie your bags and bring to transfer station
or to Proctorsville Green on Saturday
Work your road facing traffic...up one side and down the other
Wear long pants and check for ticks
If you see a needle or sharp material, find an adult
put it in thick, sturdy container and place in regular trash.

Anything large left at the side of the road?
Number of bags on your road? 
MOst unusual find?
Most repetitive item? 
Any questions can be addressed to Stephanie or Bonnie at contacts listed above.


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