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Scott C Devlin Memorial Campsite Restoration Project

Friday, May 25th, 2018

North Branch Cascades Trail Workday – Saturday, July 29th

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

North Branch Cascades Trail Workday

Help begin construction of a new recreational asset along the North Branch of the Winooski! This trail will serve a variety of users, including families looking for a kid friendly hike, swimming hole enthusiasts seeking to escape summer’s heat, nature photographers, and paddlers.

Work will involve clearing an overgrown road bed and spur trails to the river. We also will begin constructing a stone stair case. Join us from 9:00-3:30. Please pack water and a lunch – and a swim suit for post work exploration! For more information and to RSVP, contact noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

Made possible with support from the Outdoor Gear Exchange’s Charitable Giving Fund and the Central Vermont Women’s Giving Circle.

Nulhegan Hut – May Workdays

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Help finish the Nulhegan Hut! This 14×16 timber framed structure, built by students and volunteers in the fall, is designed to be a base for explorations of the Nulhegan and Upper Connecticut watershed. Volunteers are invited to help install a porch, roof, windows, doors, and sheathing. Work is scheduled for May 4th-May 7th and May 26th-29th. Come for a day or make a weekend out of it by camping at the site with other volunteers. There will be a community celebration and paddle on May 29th – all are welcome!

Click here for a map. For more information and to RSVP, contact Noah Pollock at noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

 

Nulhegan Confluence Hut – Volunteer Days Oct 21st and 22nd

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Join us on Friday, October 21st and/or Saturday, October 22nd, to help install the roof and sheathing boards for a new timber framed hut along the Nulhegan River in Bloomfield, Vermont!

This is a partnership with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and the Yestermorrow Design Build School.

Early this season, NFCT,  VRC, Yestermorrow, and NorthWoods Stewardship Center volunteers developed trails on this property, a privy, and raising the frame for the hut, which had been pre-built by students from a Yestermorrow Design-Build School class. We will now be working to enclose the structure by adding roof boards, insulation, and sheathing boards. Work will include cutting and nailing boards in place, as well as adding insulation and strapping.

Volunteers are welcome to camp out Friday night, and come for one or both days. Food will be provided!

Click here for a google map of the project site

For more information, directions, and to RSVP, contact Noah Pollock at noah@vermontriverconservancy.org
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Nulhegan River Clean-up

Monday, September 26th, 2016

On October 9th, join river enthusiasts on a Sunday afternoon paddle along a scenic section of the Nulhegan River in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Peak fall colors should abound! While on the water we will be stopping to remove a long abandoned paddle-boat.

This is an intermediate trip – while flatwater, expect to walk your boat around two rocky sections, over beaver dams, and up a steep hill at the take-out.

Consider staying for dinner around a campfire and night under the stars at a new trail and campsite developed along the river.

On Monday, we’ll be raising a timber framed hut on property conserved at the confluence of the Nulhegan and the East Branch. (More info)

For more information and to RSVP (required by Thursday, October 6th, contact Noah Pollock at (noah@vermontriverconservancy.org)

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Nulhegan Confluence Hut Raising

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Join us on Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day) to help raise a new timber framed hut along the Nulhegan River in Bloomfield, Vermont!

This is a partnership with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and the Yestermorrow Design Build School.

Early this summer, NFCT and VRC volunteers developed trails on this property, a privy, and installed the floor for the hut. The hut has been pre-built by students from a Yestermorrow Design-Build School class. Work will primarily involve lifting timbers into place and securing them with pegs. We will also be finishing the deck and porch flooring.

Volunteers are welcome to arrive Sunday afternoon to join in on a paddle and river clean-up on the Nulhegan River (more info), arrive Sunday evening to camp, or just come for Monday. We will begin the raising at 9 AM.

Food will be provided.

For more information and directions, and to RSVP (requested by October 6th) contact Noah Pollock at noah@vermontriverconservancy.org
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VRC Plants 170 Native and Edible Trees along the LaPlatte River

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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This spring, the Vermont River Conservancy planted 170 trees and shrubs at the Albert’s Way neighborhood on the LaPlatte River and Mud Hollow Brook in Charlotte.

Once a frequently flooded farm surrounded by actively adjusting rivers, this 3.6-acre parcel was generously donated by Gertrude Jordan in 2011 to the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) and the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing and conserved river lands.  The river corridor easement held by VRC prohibits channel management and development alongside the river, and requires a vegetated buffer on the riverbanks.

The tree planting was funded through a Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant to improve the ecological and recreational values of conserved land within Albert’s Way. VRC worked with landowners to develop a site design that included a berry patch, edible fruit trees, a pollinator garden, a mown path to improve river access, seating areas and native trees in the buffer area along riverbank. Since residents also expressed concern over poison parsnip, VRC is working with residents to better manage this invasive species.  “Our goal is to see this land support a beautiful park-like area for the residents to enjoy, and the increased ecological benefit of mature riparian trees, abundant wildlife, and healthy rivers” says Lydia Menendez Parker from the Vermont River Conservancy.

On the May 21st tree planting, volunteers from the Albert’s Way neighborhood and the ECO AmeriCorps program assisted VRC staff in planting 170 trees and shrubs. Last week, VRC led a community event to celebrate the hard work accomplished and plan long-term site stewardship with residents. “It has been fun to see how excited the neighborhood kids were to plant trees and learn about tree identification,” said VRC’s AmeriCorps member Elizabeth Gribkoff, “I hope planting trees and watching them grow up will create strong connections with this beautiful piece of land.”

Thank you Albert’s Way residents: for sharing input and helping design the planting plan, and for planting trees, managing the poison parsnip, and tending this beautiful land.

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Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Community Social, Paddle, And Volunteer Opportunity – Wednesday, May 4th

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Join us for the 1st annual Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Community Social, scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th!

Landmark Tavern, Johnson Vermont

Join other river enthusiasts to celebrate recent accomplishments, including the establishment of the first official paddler campsite, and learn about projects planned for 2016!

The evening will start with an optional group paddle to the tavern, leaving from Sloping Falls at 5:00 pm. We’ll then gather at the tavern where there will be appetizers, cash bar, raffle, slideshow, presentation, and dinner available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going toward the Paddlers’ Trail.

Help is also needed to install river access stairs at the site during the afternoon (1:30-4:30).

Space is limited – RSVP by Monday, May 2nd to noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

Schedule

  • 1:30-4:30 – Optional volunteer work opportunity – help install access stairs at Landmark Tavern!
  • 5:00-6:00 – Group paddle: Sloping Falls to the Landmark Tavern (2.5 miles):
  • 6:00-6:30 – Appetizers and socializing at the Landmark Tavern
  • 6:30-7:30 – Presentations, slideshow, discussion, optional dinner!

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Join us to Celebrate Worcester Woods!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

  • Learn about the future protection of 5,900 acres of forestland
  • Share your stories about why this land is important to you

Please join staff from Vermont River Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. They will be speaking about the future of 5,900 acres of forestland that has been owned by the Deer Lake and EB Hyde Timber companies for more than 60 years. This land stretches more than two miles along both sides of Route 12 between Worcester and Elmore.

Tuesday, June 10th

7:00-8:30 PM

Doty Memorial School Gymnasium

24 Calais Road, Worcester

Refreshments by Bon Temps Gourmet

Onion River Race

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

OnionRiverRace_For_WebA paddling race along the Winooski River will be held on Saturday June 7th. Join us on a ten mile race through a scenic cut in the Green Mountains!

The race is open to experienced racers and the casual paddler alike. Shuttle service and a post-paddle meal will be provided. This event is geared toward generating enthusiasm for water-based recreation in the Winooski River watershed. Join your family, friends and co-workers in a day of excitement, camaraderie, competition, and fun

Please register by Saturday, May 31st. Participation is limited – sign-up today at onionriverrace.us, and RSVP on Facebook.

See you on the river!

 

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