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Clean Water Week in Vermont!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The Vermont River Conservancy is all in for Vermont’s Clean Water Week, August 21st – 26th 2017! We are proud to be sponsors of this event. For more information, including a list of sponsors and events, check out this link.

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.

Keep Rainbow Rock open for all!

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Help Protect Chester’s Favorite Swimming Hole: Rainbow Rock    

Rainbow Rock

The Vermont River Conservancy seeks your support to protect public access to this community treasure—a beautiful swimming and fishing hole on the Williams River.

Located just off Green Mountain Turnpike, only a mile from the village center, Rainbow Rock is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the Williams River, play and swim with friends and family, and cool down or cast a line.Map of Rainbow Rock Parcel

VRC has been offered the opportunity to purchase Rainbow Rock and protect access forever.  We ask for your help in protecting access now.

Once protected, the Town of Chester will own the permanently protected 1.84 acre property, and residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy Rainbow Rock for generations to come.

The Vermont River Conservancy has secured most of the $50,000 in funding needed from Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and private foundations.

Now we need $2,000 by the end of August to ensure Rainbow Rock is protected forever.

Help us protect this community treasure: donate to Rainbow Rock today!

Please join this community effort to buy the land, conserve it with a public access easement, improve accessibility with natural stone steps, and ensure it is well maintained for all to enjoy.

Kingsbury Branch Public Access

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Enjoy paddling the tranquil Kingsbury Branch this summer,

using the public access off Coburn Rd in East Montpelier.  Exploring the river from your own canoe or kayak or SUP can be a fun and relaxing adventure for you or the whole family.  Can you observe the intact floodplain forests?  Can you see how rivers bend and meander?  What wildlife will you see?  How does shade and vegetation along the banks affect the river conditions for you and the fish?

Directions:  Directions:  From Route 2, turn onto Coburn Road and go approximately ¾ mile past the covered bridge.  Look for signs to the access on the right.

From Route 14, turn onto Coburn Road and go approximately 0.7 miles.  Access will be on the left before the bridge.

Learn more here

Contact Lydia to learn more, or to find out how you can help keep this site well maintained and cared for.

VRC’s Newest Site Steward Volunteer

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Vermont River Conservancy would not be where it is today without the dedication and commitment of the communities we work in, especially, local volunteers.  we welcome our newest volunteer to the VRC family Frank Peterson! Frank is our new Site Steward for Ladd’s Mill River Access as well as the Hancock Brook swimming hole.  Frank has been a resident of Worcester for almost 40 years.  With his time in Vermont, Frank continues to enjoy exploring Vermont’s mountain streams, discovering waterfalls, quite pools, water smoothed stone and all the life that lives along them.  With his help we will continue to keep Vermont waters clean, protected, and most importantly, available for all to enjoy!

If being a Site Steward is something that interests you, or you just want to get more involved with our organization, contact Lydia!

VRC Welcomes Adam Roaldi as Newest Member

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

This summer, Vermont River Conservancy is happy to add Adam Roaldi to the VRC team as our new Stewardship Intern.  Adam came to the Vermont River Conservancy to better understand Vermont’s initiatives and policies to protect its beautiful lands and waterways.  Hoping to further the interest of environmental conservation in his future endeavors.  Adam will be starting his second year of law school this fall at Vermont Law School, with the intention of focusing on environmental and energy law, specifically sustainable and renewable energy while still protecting the environment.

Adam comes to us from Buffalo, NY, receiving his B.A. from the University at Buffalo.  Before moving to Vermont Adam worked for the New York State Attorney General, holding a position in the Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau. However, his passion for the outdoors has drawn him to the Green Mountains so that he can now help to protect our environment.

Adam currently lives in South Royalton, Vermont and is an avid hiker, fisherman, skier, and musician.

VRC Fundraising Events at Local Restaurants

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

We are grateful to live and work in a state in which there are many local business owners who are invested in their communities and are committed to giving back to organizations that are working for the people and places of Vermont. The Vermont River Conservancy is teaming up with two such businesses and we hope you will join us on Tuesday, June 6th at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier and Wednesday, July 19th at the Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington.  Both restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds for those dates to VRC. Put those dates on the calendar and plan a night out to eat and drink for the benefit of our rivers!

Tell Us About Your Canoe!

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

We want to hear from you! Check out this short National Geographic movie, The Canoe.  The Vermont River Conservancy wants to hear about your canoe. Send us a picture and tell us a story about your favorite boat and favorite waters to take it to.  We’d love to feature your story in our summer newsletter! Email Richarda Ericson (richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org).

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

 

You Can Become a Sustaining Donor!

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Did you know that the Vermont River Conservancy has a Monthly Giving Club? Recurring gifts make a difference in VRC’s work to protect special lands along our rivers throughout the entire year. Please consider making a monthly donation and join other VRC supporters who share a passion for protecting public access to swimming holes, improving Vermont’s flood resiliency, linking campsites and access points to create paddlers’ trails, and much more.

For more information or to join our Monthly Giving Club (either with monthly credit card donations or an automatic payment from your bank), please contact Richarda Ericson at richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org or call (802) 229-0820.

Thank you! 

 

 

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