In 1990 the Vermont River Conservancy was a dream started by a handful of people who saw more and more choice swimming holes, canoe put-ins, fishing accesses and waterfalls being put off limits to the communities that had traditionally used them. They decided to take action to attempt to slow down the trend towards private ownership of these valuable community resources. Their aim was to form an organization dedicated to the purpose of securing perpetual access to and protection for lands adjacent to the important water features of Vermont.
By 1995, a Mission, Purpose, Goals and Articles of Association had been written and adopted by the original three incorporators: Stephan Syz, Tom Willard and Mike Kline. An initial board of nine trustees got to work in August 1995 to begin to implement VRC’s mission to “permanently conserve and protect special lands along the waters of Vermont.” By early 1996, Vermont River Conservancy received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and the directors started to fundraise for their first project.
The Vermont River Conservancy works to permanently conserve and protect special lands along the waters of Vermont.
- To protect special places along the waters of Vermont such as waterfalls, gorges, swimming holes, wetlands, river and lake shores, islands, and other water-related places.
- To protect wildlife habitat, natural communities, biological diversity, and scenic beauty along the waters of Vermont.
- To protect access to lands along the waters of Vermont for recreation and education.
- To ensure continued, long-term protection of conserved lands by encouraging additional land protection efforts and other activities such as land stewardship and water quality protection.