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Sign up now for a work day on the Connecticut River!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Volunteers are needed to help the Vermont River Conservancy revitalize the windyhurst campsite, in Westmoreland, NH, on Saturday, May 4th.

Join us for a work party where we will be constructing a privy, picnic table, register box, and installing signage. Lunch will be included. Volunteers are invited to bring their paddling gear and join us for a celebratory afternoon paddle.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Host: Vermont River Conservancy
Location: Westmoreland, NH (approximately 10 miles from Brattleboro)
To sign up: Please RSVP to Noah Pollock (noah@vermontriverconservancy.org) by Thursday May 2nd.

Help us clean up Fiddlehead Island in the CT River

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Volunteers are needed to help remove trash and construct campsite amenities on Fiddlehead Island in Monroe on Saturday, September 29, 2012 and Sunday, September 30, 2012. Fiddlehead Island hosts one of 34 campsites along the 240-mile Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, a series of primitive campsites and access points from the river’s headwaters to the Massachusetts border. This project is a collaborative effort of the Vermont River Conservancy,  the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and Casella Resource Solutions.

Located roughly one mile north of the Ryegate Dam and Dodge Falls, Fiddlehead Island offers a designated primitive campsite that can accommodate up to twelve people. With a canopy of mature silver maples, and a landing beach providing easy access, the island is a popular camping destination. In addition to removing trash, we also plan to improve the campsite by adding a sign-in register, picnic table, a privy, user etiquette signage. Campsite boundary signage and fencing will also be installed to protect the island’s fragile ecosystem, which includes the characteristic Ostrich Ferns that give the island its name.

This clean-up is part of the Source to Sea River Cleanup organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council. The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the four-state Connecticut River watershed.  The cleanup and construction work day will be held on Saturday September 29th from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch on Saturday will be provided by the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Volunteers are invited to camp overnight and help complete the construction of campsite amenities on Sunday morning.

Volunteers will need to bring their own canoes or kayaks. The paddle to the island is a leisurely two-mile round trip from Dodge Falls. To sign up, please contact Rachel Ruppel at the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, by email at rruppel@uvlsrpc.org or by phone at (603) 727-9484. Volunteers should register in advance, no later than Wednesday September 26, 2012.

Help us restore the beauty of Fiddlehead Island, and improve camping on the Connecticut River!

Tom Slayton’s commentary on the Upper Connecticut

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In early June a team of Vermont River Conservancy staff, Board members, consultants and guests paddled the Upper Connecticut River from Lemington to Maidstone, camping overnight at Lyman Falls State Park.  The weather was beautiful and the rapids exciting!  The Vermont River Conservancy has partnered with many organizations to form the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail – whose goal is to protect access to the river and create campsites and boat put-in sites to facilitate paddling trips.

The full paddling crew: (L to R) Willem Lange, Stephan Syz, Jane Kearns, Steve Libby, Tino O’Brien, Michael Woodfield, Adam, Noah Pollock, (front row:) Tom Slayton, Lydia Menendez & Robert Hyams.

Tom Slayton joined our trip – listen to his Vermont Public Radio commentary!  Here’s an excerpt:

“If anything, the upper Connecticut is in better shape now than when I first paddled it 30 years ago. The Vermont River Conservancy, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, among others, have cooperated to conserve land and watersheds, build campsites and improve access for paddlers to the Connecticut and other rivers.
These organizations and others have truly made a difference – they’ve helped turn the Connecticut River from a neglected open sewer to a delightful recreational resource that serves paddlers, fishermen and women, and anyone who loves free-flowing water. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

We began our next full day on the river early, splashing through a long series of brisk rapids, marveling at the natural beauty around us. Towards the end of the day, we saw not one, but three bald eagles soaring above the river.

We took it as a favorable omen. For the river.”

Mark your Calendar: Swimming Hole book signing July 12th

Monday, June 4th, 2012

plunge Join us in welcoming VRC Advisor David Hajdasz at Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne on Thursday July 12th at 4pm.  He’ll be signing his book Take the Plunge: An Explorer’s Guide to Swimming Holes of Vermont and answering questions about VT swimming holes!  Proceeds from all book sales will directly benefit the Vermont River Conservancy’s mission to protect public access to VT swimming holes.

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