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VRC Welcomes Dave Hajdasz to Board

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

VRC was thrilled to welcome Dave Hajdasz to the Board of Directors last November. With Dave’s passion for protecting swimming holes and his professional expertise, he is a great addition to the board. You can read more about Dave here. Welcome, Dave!

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 Celebrates Arthur Buck River Access

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The Vermont River Conservancy was excited to celebrate the improvements to the Arthur Buck River Access in Moretown with a group of locals – including family members of Arthur Buck and Craig Elwell, members of the Moretown Selectboard, and VRC staff. The site was dedicated by the town to the late Craig Elwell, Moretown Road Foreman from 1988 to 2010. Recent improvements to the Winooski River access site include tree plantings, improved trail to the river, and new signs. You can read more about this project here.

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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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Over 200 Trees and Shrubs Planted along the Winooski

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

On May 19th, The Vermont River Conservancy planted 230 trees and shrubs to enhance the Arthur Buck River Access Park along the Winooski River in Moretown.

Harwood Union at Moretown (2)Named after the farmer who kept this land productive for much of the 1900’s, the 4.25 acres just north of the Route 2 bridge and across from Lover’s Lane was generously donated by Jonathan Larsen to the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) in 2011 at the time of the Route 2 bridge reconstruction project.   In partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and the Highway Department, VRC installed a river access trail and parking loop.  VRC donated the park to the Town of Moretown with a Conservation Easement that permanently protects public access, vegetated river buffers, undeveloped river land, and non-motorized recreation.

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With funding support from a VT Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Grant, VRC created a park design to enhance the ecological and (non-motorized) recreational attributes of this river land.  With valuable community feedback, VRC improved the park design to meet community and user desires.  The design includes planting over 200 trees and shrubs to enhance the riparian buffer and beautify the park, installing two over-look benches, reinforcing the river access trail, maintaining a mowed walking loop, placing boulders to restrict motor vehicle access, and erecting commemorative and educational signage.

Site work will be ongoing throughout this summer, and we encourage you to visit, explore, and help care for the young trees.  To find out how you can become a site steward, or to share observations, please contact VRC at 229-0820 or lydia@vermontriverconservancy.org.

3 up med resIn late summer, the Town of Moretown and the Vermont River Conservancy will host a celebration event to thank volunteers and site stewards, to dedicate the park to Craig Elwell, Moretown Road Foreman from 1988 to 2010, and to educate visitors about the river park and plantings.  Look for future announcements with the date and time.

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Thank you Harwood Union 9th grade students, and the Harwood Union Sustainability club members who came and planted trees and shrubs with us, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Featured in Local News

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Click here to watch Noah Pollock (VRC) and Seth Bosman discuss river access improvements in Johnson and other facets of the new Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail with WCAX.

Our Spring Newsletter is Here!

Monday, April 4th, 2016

It was a busy 2015 for the Vermont River Conservancy, and our work is certainly not slowing down in 2016! Please read about the rivers we have protected and the events we look forward to this spring and summer in our Spring 2016 E-Newsletter. As always, you can join our email list here and get these delivered to your mailbox quarterly.

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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