REGION – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of free workshops on using the recently updated online mapping tool, BioFinder. The workshops are aimed at town planners and conservation commissioners, but all members of the public are encouraged to attend.
BioFinder is a mapping resource used to find the places in Vermont most important for maintaining biodiversity, even as the climate changes. It includes maps of Vermont’s connected forests and waterways, locations of important ecological resources, and other information used for conservation and land use planning.
“BioFinder makes your work as a community leader easier by helping you identify hotspots of biological diversity in your area,” said Jens Hilke of the department. “Getting the right information is the first step in ensuring that these important natural resources are available for every generation of Vermonter.”
“For people working in small towns, getting quality information is really a challenge,” said Liz Thompson of the Jericho Conservation Commission. “BioFinder brings all of the current information into one place that is so slick and easy to use.”
The tool is available for anyone to use online at BioFinder.vermont.gov.
Everyone is welcome, but since space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Email Monica.firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or learn more. Seminars are generally in the evening, but several daytime webinars are available.
Webinars are available March 6 and March 16, 1-2 p.m. To register for a webinar, contact Monica.email@example.com.
Workshops will be held in Middlebury, Bennington, White River Junction and Putney in late March and throughout April.