Conservation Application 

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VERMONT HOUSING & CONSERVATION BOARD 
58 E. State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
This application is to be used for all conservation projects that are not farm projects or private working forest or sugarbush projects.
A schedule of upcoming VHCB Board meetings and application deadlines is available on the VHCB website. 

ALL APPLICANTS: 

Submit one copy of the following for VHCB’s master file:

a) Correspondence (to and from municipal, regional, and state officials)
b) Letters of Support 
c) Appraisal Report (must be based on site plan submitted with application)
d) Purchase and Sales Agreement (signed copy) or other site control letter
e) Ecological Report (if one exists)

NON-PROFITS:
Please attach a copy of the following to the application (If these documents are already on file at VHCB, it is not necessary to submit them.)

a)  a list of the board of directors, including addresses and telephone numbers, occupations or organizational affiliations. 

b)  501(c)(3) designation from the IRS for the applicant organization or sponsoring organization 

c)   Most recent audited financial statement

d)   Bylaws

e)   Articles of Association

f)   Most recent 990 filing  


The Board's adopted rule as well as the following VHCB policies and guidelines are available upon request, or on the VHCB website, VHCB Policies 

CONSERVATION POLICIES

Archaeology Resources (Proposed Policy) 9/03 )
Conservation of Agricultural Land 1/2015
Conservation Easement Holding and Stewardship Policy 3/05
Associated Costs for Non-Farm Conservation Projects 5/08
Feasibility Funds 1/03
Natural Areas 6/18
Historic Preservation 5/03
Interim Policy on Amending Conservation Easements 1/13
Local Conservation Projects 9/08
Organizational Development Funding 6/2012
Public Access on Agricultural Land 11/99
Public Outdoor Recreation 7/88
Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program 6/04

CONSERVATION GUIDELINES
Guidelines for Funding Private Working Forestland and Sugarbushes 1/2013 (PDF)
Interim Renewable Energy Guidelines 1/2014 (PDF)
Water Quality Guidelines 1/2015 (PDF)

APPRAISAL & MAPPING STANDARDS:
Conservation Mapping Standards
Fee Simple Appraisals of Conservation Properties

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Applicant Address
Landowner Address
Property Address (if different from above)
MUST be the 911 address - NOT a PO box, etc. that is not the physical address
Contact (if different from current Property Owner)
1.  SUMMARY
2.  ORGANIZATIONAL
3. TIMETABLE
4.  LINKAGE
5.  SITE INFORMATION
6.  WATER QUALITY/SURFACE WATER 
    Of the "project acres," how many acres are wetland?                                         
    Of the "project acres," how many acres are in the floodplain?       
7. EASEMENT STEWARDSHIP
Conservation easements require long-term easement stewardship.  In some circumstances VHCB is willing to sole-hold the conservation easement and act as primary steward but in general prefers to designate stewardship to another entity.
8.  LEVERAGE
9.  PUBLIC POLICY/COMMUNITY SUPPORT
10.  Budget - Please use this form: Conservation-Budget

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PUBLIC ACCESS

Enter # of miles for each of the  following:

#1: Total Trail Mileage
#2 Trail Type
#3 Allowed Special Uses
Watershed / Sub-Watershed

11.   Attachments - MUST be sent as ONE PDF including all the required documents below.

This Application must have the following PDFs attached in the order shown below:


·         Cover Sheet

·         Budget

·         Local road map showing the property’s location, road names, and proximity to other conserved lands.

·         Orthophoto map of the property showing location of main buildings and any excluded land.

·         NRCS soils map and areas of soil units. (if applicable)

·         USGS topographic map. (Show confirmed locations of rare, threatened and endangered species and/or significant natural communities, important wetlands, and deeryards, if possible.)

·         Tax parcel map suggested (not required).

·         National Flood Insurance Program flood map (if applicable).

·         Photographs of the property showing land and buildings (max 6; with captions)


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